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ClO2+

Posted: Sat Dec 08, 2018 2:08 am
by sonalivij
Why is the lowest energy resonance structure not one O double bonded to the Cl and one O triple bonded to the Cl, with one lone pair on the Cl, which would give the Cl a formal charge of 0 and the O a formal charge of +1. It's actually both O's double bonded to the Cl, with one lone pair on the Cl, giving the central atom a formal charge of +1 as opposed to a terminal atom.

Re: ClO2+

Posted: Sat Dec 08, 2018 6:34 am
by Claudia Luong 4K
This is because you want the positive charge to be on Cl instead of O (due to Cl being less electronegative than O).

Re: ClO2+

Posted: Sat Dec 08, 2018 11:53 am
by sonalivij
Claudia Luong 3G wrote:This is because you want the positive charge to be on Cl instead of O (due to Cl being less electronegative than O).


Isn't Cl more electronegative than O?

Re: ClO2+

Posted: Sat Dec 08, 2018 1:41 pm
by Jocelyne Milke 1G
O shouldn't have a +1 since it is more electronegative than Cl

Re: ClO2+

Posted: Sat Dec 08, 2018 9:32 pm
by Claudia Luong 4K
No, if you take a look at the actual electronegativity values, O is more electronegative than Cl.