HClO2

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Lauryn Jordan 1F
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HClO2

Postby Lauryn Jordan 1F » Tue Dec 05, 2017 2:54 pm

For HClO2 why does it prefer the second O to be connected to the Cl instead of making a chain like Cl-O-O-H?

Sabrina Dunbar 1I
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Re: HClO2

Postby Sabrina Dunbar 1I » Tue Dec 05, 2017 3:04 pm

This molecule HClO2 is an acid, so it releases an H+ proton in solution. After that dissociation occurs, you would be left with a molecule with an O as the central atoms when it really should be a Cl. Physically, the much more stable arrangement of the molecules has the two oxygens bonded to a central chlorine opposed to the oxygens making a chain.


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