### Understanding Formal Charge

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**Sun Oct 25, 2015 12:20 am**I'm still a little confused about calculating the formal charge... Everyone keeps showing me a different method, but I think I'm just going to stick with what Lavelle showed in class. I know how to determine the valence electrons, but for the lone and shared pairs do I count each electron in the lone pair or count one pair as one. And do i count each bond as 1 or 2?