Determine Formal Charge


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Leslie Almaraz 4G
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Determine Formal Charge

Postby Leslie Almaraz 4G » Mon Nov 11, 2019 12:12 am

How do you determine which element is better to have a formal charge in a compound?

Vanessa Chuang 4F
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Re: Determine Formal Charge

Postby Vanessa Chuang 4F » Mon Nov 11, 2019 12:30 am

Regardless of the fact that a formal charge might be zero, all elements in a compound have formal charges. As long as an element is sharing bonds with another element, it will have some variation of a formal charge.
However, if you are asking about how you know which element should have a negative or positive charge if it is not possible to give it a zero formal charge, then the rule is that the more electronegative element should have the negative formal charge. Conversely, the less electronegative one should have the positive formal charge.

mayarivers3I
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Re: Determine Formal Charge

Postby mayarivers3I » Mon Nov 11, 2019 5:05 pm

The element that should have the negative formal charge is the most electronegative element.

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Re: Determine Formal Charge

Postby PriscillaLi_3G » Mon Nov 11, 2019 5:07 pm

You should give the negative formal charge to the most electronegative element because they want the electron to complete their shells and become more stable.


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