Expanded Octet

Trent Yamamoto 2J
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Expanded Octet

Lewis structures with expanded octets have lower energy than with the regular octet structure (comparing the formal charge), so is it more stable and therefore more favorable to draw structures with expanded octets?

Sidharth D 1E
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Re: Expanded Octet

Yes, it is more stable, because the formal charges for the molecule for the expanded octet result in the more dominant resonance structure.

Rohit Ghosh 4F
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Re: Expanded Octet

It is important to note that expanded octets only form for elements in period 3 and beyond.

Anthony Hatashita 4H
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Re: Expanded Octet

Yes, this is testable with calculating the formal charges of the atoms

Megan_1F
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Re: Expanded Octet

Yes, expanded octets start from the 3rd row because the 3rd energy level can have the d block sub shell.