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Michael Du 3J wrote:In today's lecture, for the last past exam question that we went over, can anyone please explain again why the H was bonded to the O atom instead of the Cl atom? (molecule is HClO3) Thank you!
That is simply the common structure of all oxoacids. (H3PO4, H2SO4, HNO3, etc.) If the H was bonded to the Cl atom, I assume it that would make the conjugate base much less stable and that's why we don't see that happen in nature.
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