Formal charge on central atom


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marcus lin 1E
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Formal charge on central atom

Postby marcus lin 1E » Sun Nov 11, 2018 10:41 pm

Why does the formal charge on the central atom have to be as close to zero as possible?

Diego Gonzalez 3F
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Re: Formal charge on central atom

Postby Diego Gonzalez 3F » Sun Nov 11, 2018 10:48 pm

the closer to zero the charge is, the more stable the entire compound will be. Since its the central atom its especially important since its bonding with every other atom in the compound.

Angela Cong 3C
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Re: Formal charge on central atom

Postby Angela Cong 3C » Sun Nov 11, 2018 10:54 pm

additionally, the central atom is alway the least electronegative so the surrounding atoms bonded would much rather have the more negative charge

Jeremy Feng 1A
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Re: Formal charge on central atom

Postby Jeremy Feng 1A » Sun Nov 11, 2018 11:36 pm

In nature, multiple structures exist, as do resonance structures. To my understanding, by drawing the most stable structure, we are illustrating the patterns most likely to exist at any given time.

Jayde Felix 4H
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Re: Formal charge on central atom

Postby Jayde Felix 4H » Mon Nov 12, 2018 11:15 pm

Closer to zero means more stable than other structures with different charges.

uhedlund
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Re: Formal charge on central atom

Postby uhedlund » Sun Dec 09, 2018 10:35 am

A formal charge closer to zero is more stable than other higher charges.


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