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The charge would just be the result that you get directly from your equation, which is -1 in this case. Just because it's an electron doesn't make a difference since the equation only applies to electrons and with that reasoning and the equation, there is no way we will ALWAYS get a negative number.
Formal charge is calculating the oxidative state of the atom so whatever number you get is the actual charge of the atom. Just remember that a negative charge means an atom has more electrons than its ground state and a positive charge means that it has lost an electron.
Katherine Brenner 3H wrote:When you calculate a formal charge and get 1- will that be a formal charge of +1 or -1 because it is an electcron?
Hi! Formal charge can be positive, negative, or neutral, and in this case it would be negative. Hope this helps!
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