2C.5a

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Petrina Kan 2I
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2C.5a

Postby Petrina Kan 2I » Wed Nov 06, 2019 1:59 am

I am confused as to how to draw the lewis structure for the ClO radical. Why wouldn't there be a double bond between Cl and O and how do we know that the unpaired electron belongs to Cl instead of O?

Vanessa Chuang 4F
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Re: 2C.5a

Postby Vanessa Chuang 4F » Wed Nov 06, 2019 11:37 pm

There wouldn't be a double bond between Cl and O because it would result in too many electrons used for the amount of valence electrons that actually exist (13 Ve-). We know the unpaired electron belongs to Cl because O can't have more than 8 valence electrons.


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