Formal Charge Equation

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Formal Charge Equation

Postby Maria Trujillo 1L » Sun May 13, 2018 10:27 pm

The formal charge equation: Valence electrons (-) Lone pair electrons (-) .5(Bond electrons)
I just want to clarify, but if there is no charge in the compound equation, then when you add up the charge it should be zero. With that logic, then when a compound is charged, then you should have that charge after adding all the elements together. Is this true? I'm just having a little trouble with this in regard to radicals. Does this also hold the same? If you have a radical, does the overall charge still remain the one of the compound?

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Re: Formal Charge Equation

Postby Chem_Mod » Sun May 13, 2018 10:33 pm

The sum of formal charges must equal the net charge of the compound/molecule/ion.

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