formal charge


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formal charge

Postby reva_bajjuri » Sun Nov 08, 2020 3:22 pm

does an atom need to be bonded for it to have a formal charge?

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Re: formal charge

Postby Valerie Doan 3I » Sun Nov 08, 2020 3:24 pm

Yes, an atom needs to bonded. The formal charge equation includes the shared electrons that the atom has and the nonbonding electrons.

Justin Zhang_1A
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Re: formal charge

Postby Justin Zhang_1A » Sun Nov 08, 2020 5:11 pm

Yes, because to calculate formal charge, you need to use both the number of lone pair electrons and the number of bonded electrons.

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Re: formal charge

Postby Leo Naylor 2F » Sun Nov 08, 2020 5:14 pm

To clarify further, formal charge is defined as the gain or loss of electrons of an atom when forming a covalent bond. Thus, an atom not forming a covalent bond could not have a formal charge.

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Re: formal charge

Postby Eva Becker » Sun Nov 08, 2020 5:14 pm

Yes because formal charge refers to the charge of a compound. You must calculate it using the number of bound and lone electrons, proving that a bond is needed.

Sreeram Kurada 3H
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Re: formal charge

Postby Sreeram Kurada 3H » Sun Nov 08, 2020 5:18 pm

Yes since the formal charge is for lewis structures, and lewis structures are made to map the bonds of the atoms in a compound.

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Re: formal charge

Postby Violet Kwan 3H » Sun Nov 08, 2020 5:22 pm

Yes, it does. Formal charge is used to determine the assigned charge of an atom in a molecule specifically.

Ansh Patel 2I
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Re: formal charge

Postby Ansh Patel 2I » Sun Nov 08, 2020 5:35 pm

Yes! Formal charges refer to the charges of bonded atoms when an electron is lost or gained in a covalent bond.

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Re: formal charge

Postby IshanModiDis2L » Sun Nov 08, 2020 5:45 pm

Yes you definitely do because you need to use both the number of lone pair electrons and the number of bonded electrons when considering the formal charge on the element.

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Re: formal charge

Postby Juliet Carr 1F » Sun Nov 08, 2020 7:05 pm

Formal charge definition states that it is the charge of an atom in a molecule, so it must be bonded to other atoms. Also if the atom was not bonded then there would be an important part of the formula missing, and it could not be calculated.

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Re: formal charge

Postby Griffin G » Sun Nov 08, 2020 10:32 pm

Yes.

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Re: formal charge

Postby Rayna Irving 2C » Sun Nov 08, 2020 11:09 pm

Yes because you have to take into account the number of bonded electrons an atom has in order to calculate the formal charge.


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