Which charge is more favorable?

Moderators: Chem_Mod, Chem_Admin

Posts: 68
Joined: Thu Jul 27, 2017 3:00 am

Which charge is more favorable?

Postby 404975170 » Sun May 20, 2018 6:59 pm

Between these two drawings of Lewis Structures, would it be more favorable to draw the structure so that there is a -1 charge on 2 of the O's and a 0 formal charge on the central atom, S or would it be better for all the O's to have a FC of 0 and then S to have a charge of -2? I’m not sure if there is a rule about charges on the central atom.

Amanda 1A
Posts: 31
Joined: Fri Apr 06, 2018 11:01 am

Re: Which charge is more favorable?

Postby Amanda 1A » Sun May 20, 2018 8:30 pm

I was told the goal is to have all the atoms with a charge between -2 and 2 (so only -1,0,1), so I think having a -1 charge on two atoms would be better than -2 on one.

Posts: 17949
Joined: Thu Aug 04, 2011 1:53 pm
Has upvoted: 406 times

Re: Which charge is more favorable?

Postby Chem_Mod » Sun May 20, 2018 9:37 pm

Having multiple -1 charges are better than a single -2 charge.

Return to “Formal Charge and Oxidation Numbers”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest