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When we need to draw Lewis structures or even resonance structures, do we need to show calculations done for formal charges in order not to miss points on exams? Will that ever be an issue? The last test asked to show full work so I am wondering if this is necessary.
For Lewis structures with equivalent resonance structures, I did the calculations for one of the structures, and put the appropriate formal charges around the other resonance forms. Otherwise, yeah you should do independent calculations for each resonance form.
WilliamNguyen_4D wrote:Last test I just drew the most stable form of the lewis structure. I wrote all the calculations. If they ask for resonance then I think you should draw the resonance structures.
What's the difference between the Lewis structure and the resonance structure?
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