Charge of amine

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Kayla T 1J
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Charge of amine

Postby Kayla T 1J » Mon Mar 07, 2016 3:33 pm

Why does a quaternary amine have a +1 charge?

Sabina Fridman 1D
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Re: Charge of amine

Postby Sabina Fridman 1D » Mon Mar 07, 2016 3:40 pm

i'm pretty sure it's because a quaternary amine is attached to 4 other organic atoms covalently so it only has 4 bonds on it. The nitrogen atom has 5 valence electrons so it's charge would be (5-4)=+1

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