HW 4.15 (c)

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Hannah Guo 3D
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HW 4.15 (c)

Postby Hannah Guo 3D » Thu Nov 23, 2017 10:23 am

When writing the VSEPR for COF2, I put AX4, but the correct answer is AX3. Do we consider that there is only 1 bonded atoms around C in CO double bond? Please explain. Thank you!

Shawn Patel 1I
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Re: HW 4.15 (c)

Postby Shawn Patel 1I » Thu Nov 23, 2017 11:29 am

When writing the VSEPR formula, you should count the number of bonding densities or regions instead of counting the number of bonded atoms. The double bond between the C and O is considered to be one bonding region, meaning you will have an AX3 formula.

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