Lewis Structure of Hydrogen Sulfite

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Melissa Trieu 1K
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Lewis Structure of Hydrogen Sulfite

Postby Melissa Trieu 1K » Wed Oct 29, 2014 6:07 pm

For #55b on the homework the Lewis structure for the hydrogen sulfite ion (HSO3^-1) has the hydrogen in a single bond with an oxygen atom. Why can't the hydrogen have a single bond with the sulfur atom?

Calvin Nguyen 1H
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Re: Lewis Structure of Hydrogen Sulfite

Postby Calvin Nguyen 1H » Wed Oct 29, 2014 6:19 pm

Because hydrogen sulfite is an oxoacid, the hydrogen bonds to the oxygen.

Irvin Xu 4I
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Re: Lewis Structure of Hydrogen Sulfite

Postby Irvin Xu 4I » Wed Oct 29, 2014 6:24 pm

Hydrogen is more likely to bond to one of the oxygen atoms because oxygen is more electronegative than sulfur is.


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