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Question 4.11

Posted: Wed Nov 14, 2018 3:25 pm
by Chloe Orsini 1K
For the lewis structure for SCl4 why do we add two electrons to the Sulfur atom instead of just adding two double bonds?

Re: Question 4.11

Posted: Wed Nov 14, 2018 3:28 pm
by kamalkolluri
By adding a lone pair on Sulfur, and only forming single bonds with Cl, it makes the formal charge 0 for every atom

Re: Question 4.11

Posted: Wed Nov 14, 2018 3:30 pm
by rosemarywang4i
The molecule is more stable that way as the formal charges of S and Cl are all zero.