3.53 b

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3.53 b

Postby huntercrespo1C » Sun May 20, 2018 12:22 pm

For b (the second one) when you get O formal charge of -1 and S formal charge of 1 do those cancel out and equal a formal charge of 0? If so, why aren’t the two structures equal in energy?

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Re: 3.53 b

Postby Myles Chang 1B » Sun May 20, 2018 1:02 pm

I think the formal charges apply only to the atom, not the molecule. Otherwise, given that the two molecules have the same amount of electrons, wouldn't every single possible structure for a molecule have the same formal charge? The first structure's atoms all have formal charges of 0 whereas the second structure have two that are not zero.

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