hw 3.53

$FC=V-(L+\frac{S}{2})$

Emely Reyna 1F
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hw 3.53

the question asks: Determine the formal charge on each atom in the following molecules. Identify the structure of lower energy in each pair.

I know how to determine the formal charge by using the formal charge equation but I'm not entirely sure how I would identify the structure with the lower energy in each pair? Does it have to do with the formal charge?

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Re: hw 3.53

The structure with the formal charge closest to zero is the most stable, meaning it has the lowest energy. Hope that helps!

Luis Torres 1C
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Re: hw 3.53

You would have to find the overall formal charge of each molecule, and then determine which one has a charge closest to zero. The charge closest to zero is the most stable (and thus, has the least energy)

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Re: hw 3.53

the structure which has the lowest number of formal charges around the structure will be the most stable.