Prioritizing Formal Charge


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jadam_1E
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Prioritizing Formal Charge

Postby jadam_1E » Wed May 23, 2018 8:58 am

Is it best to minimize the formal charge of the center atom or one of the atoms attached to the center atom in order to write the Lewis structure of the overall lowest energy species?

Nienjou Claire 1E
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Re: Prioritizing Formal Charge

Postby Nienjou Claire 1E » Wed May 23, 2018 9:18 am

I'm not sure if this is correct, but I remember that it is best if the center atom has a formal charge of zero but generally, the idea is to get all elements to be as close to 0 as possible.

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Re: Prioritizing Formal Charge

Postby Marina Souliman 1K » Thu May 24, 2018 12:06 pm

I think it would be more important to make it so the central atom's charge is equal to zero which is generally achieved through manipulating the charges of the other atoms to equal zero anyway.


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