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Formal charge on central atom

Posted: Sun Nov 11, 2018 10:41 pm
by marcus lin 1E
Why does the formal charge on the central atom have to be as close to zero as possible?

Re: Formal charge on central atom

Posted: Sun Nov 11, 2018 10:48 pm
by Diego Gonzalez 3F
the closer to zero the charge is, the more stable the entire compound will be. Since its the central atom its especially important since its bonding with every other atom in the compound.

Re: Formal charge on central atom

Posted: Sun Nov 11, 2018 10:54 pm
by Angela Cong 3C
additionally, the central atom is alway the least electronegative so the surrounding atoms bonded would much rather have the more negative charge

Re: Formal charge on central atom

Posted: Sun Nov 11, 2018 11:36 pm
by Jeremy Feng 1A
In nature, multiple structures exist, as do resonance structures. To my understanding, by drawing the most stable structure, we are illustrating the patterns most likely to exist at any given time.

Re: Formal charge on central atom

Posted: Mon Nov 12, 2018 11:15 pm
by Jayde Felix 4H
Closer to zero means more stable than other structures with different charges.

Re: Formal charge on central atom

Posted: Sun Dec 09, 2018 10:35 am
by uhedlund
A formal charge closer to zero is more stable than other higher charges.