## Formal Charge

$FC=V-(L+\frac{S}{2})$

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Katherine Brenner 3H
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### Formal Charge

When you calculate a formal charge and get 1- will that be a formal charge of +1 or -1 because it is an electcron?

Emily_4B
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### Re: Formal Charge

It would be -1

philipraj_1F
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### Re: Formal Charge

It does not matter that it is a electron, it will be 1-

kpang_4H
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### Re: Formal Charge

Formal charge is valence minus number of lines and dots, and you can get a negative or a postiive answer when you do that

Samudrala_Vaishnavi 3A
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### Re: Formal Charge

The charge would just be the result that you get directly from your equation, which is -1 in this case. Just because it's an electron doesn't make a difference since the equation only applies to electrons and with that reasoning and the equation, there is no way we will ALWAYS get a negative number.

Inderpal Singh 3B
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### Re: Formal Charge

You would get 1- for this.

Sejal Parsi 3K
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### Re: Formal Charge

Regardless of the fact that it is an electron, it will be 1-.

Jordi M 2F
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### Re: Formal Charge

Formal charge is calculating the oxidative state of the atom so whatever number you get is the actual charge of the atom. Just remember that a negative charge means an atom has more electrons than its ground state and a positive charge means that it has lost an electron.

Kimiya Aframian IB
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### Re: Formal Charge

Katherine Brenner 3H wrote:When you calculate a formal charge and get 1- will that be a formal charge of +1 or -1 because it is an electcron?

Hi! Formal charge can be positive, negative, or neutral, and in this case it would be negative. Hope this helps!

Haochen He 3L
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### Re: Formal Charge

It would be -1 then :)

Mackenzie Stockton 2H
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### Re: Formal Charge

It doesn't matter if its an electron, formal charge is the # of valence e's - (# dots) - (#lines) to put it simply. So if you get -1 when you do this, the Formal Charge would be -1.

Daniela Santana 3D
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### Re: Formal Charge

The formal charge would be -1. Hope this helps!

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