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Postby 904914037 » Tue Dec 03, 2019 10:42 pm

For question 6.21, can someone please explain why the oxygen atoms cannot accept a proton? Thank you!

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Re: 6.21

Postby nicolely2F » Wed Dec 04, 2019 2:43 am

Both oxygen atoms have two bonds, which means their octet is filled and they're stabler. Adding a proton would throw them off that stability. Btw, this question isn't on the syllabus, so maybe don't worry too much about it

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