Why don't we find the formal charge of Hydrogen?


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Mario Reyes 1C
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Why don't we find the formal charge of Hydrogen?

Postby Mario Reyes 1C » Sun May 20, 2018 9:31 pm

This may have a simple answer, but why don't we find the formal charge of hydrogen in molecules?

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Re: Why don't we find the formal charge of Hydrogen?

Postby Chem_Mod » Sun May 20, 2018 9:38 pm

H only has 1 bond and always you have formal charge of 0 for this case.

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Re: Why don't we find the formal charge of Hydrogen?

Postby Mario Reyes 1C » Sun May 20, 2018 9:42 pm

Chem_Mod wrote:H only has 1 bond and always you have formal charge of 0 for this case.


What about when making chemical formulas for compounds. Is formal charge different from expected charges?

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Re: Why don't we find the formal charge of Hydrogen?

Postby Enzo_1I » Sun May 20, 2018 9:43 pm

I think it is because the formal charge will always be zero since there is one valence electron and when there is a single bond with another atom, the hydrogen formal charge becomes zero because hydrogen only needs two electrons to be stable.


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