Single bonds or Double bonds in ClO2?

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Allison Yoon 3B
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Single bonds or Double bonds in ClO2?

Postby Allison Yoon 3B » Sun Oct 25, 2015 4:00 pm

So for part b on homework 3.67, the answer key says that there are single bonds between the oxygen and chlorine for ClO2. However, for ClO2 to reach its most stable structure, shouldn't there be a double bond between the oxygens and chlorine? I looked it up online and most websites confirmed that there should be a double bond between the oxygens and chlorine, but I'm not sure if the answer key or websites are correct. Please help!

vidish
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Re: Single bonds or Double bonds in ClO2?

Postby vidish » Sun Oct 25, 2015 5:13 pm

check which bond structure gives the lowest formal charge.


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