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Can this sp2 lone pair resonate?

In methyl isocyanate, $\ce{CH3CNO}$, shown below, it seems that the nitrogen lone pair can resonate with the carbon oxygen double bond, generating a resonance structure something like acetonitrile ...
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Preferred Lewis structure for sulphate anion and XeO4 [closed]

In a section reviewing Lewis structure, the textbook Atkins' Physical Chemistry, 10th Edition, by Atkins, Paula, and Keeler, gives the following illustration of hypervalence and octet expansion: I ...
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What is the Lewis structure of the azide ion?

On a chemistry homework, we're asked to draw the Lewis structure of $\ce{N3-}$. My answer: Nitrogen ordinarily has five electrons in its valence; $\ce{N-}$ has six. This makes a total of 16 ...
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Why are only two bond structures considered for ozone and not three? [duplicate]

We were taught in chemistry that: Formal charges can be determined by drawing the Lewis dot structure, then subtracting the nonbonding electrons and half of the bonding electrons from the number of ...
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Lewis Structure of OF+

Would the Lewis Structure for OF+ be drawn so that the more electronegative atom has the more negative formal charge, or would it be drawn to satisfy the octet rule? Here are my thoughts thus far: ...
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Finding the central atom of N2O

Why do all structures of $\ce N_2\ce O$ have Nitrogen as their central atom? Can we not draw a lewis structure with Oxygen as the central atom with 2 double bonds to the two nitrogens? This will still ...
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Lewis Structures and electron distribution with oxygen atom

I am a novice in chemistry. I don’t understand the way Lewis structure and how electrons are shared between elements. For instance As we know, Oxygen has six valence electrons that means it has ...
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Drawing bicarbonate ion in different way [closed]

I don't know why can't I draw $\ce{[HCO3]-}$ like that: I tried to draw it like that and checked everything. I checked formal charge and all was good. Why they draw it OH I know its also alright but ...
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What is the Lewis dot structure for ozone? [duplicate]

Currently I studying about the Lewis dot structure for different compounds and my textbook says that the Lewis structure for ozone may be drawn as(as shown in the image): And then it goes on to ...
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Understanding the structure of NCS⁻

Predict the most preferable structure of $\ce{NCS-}.$ $$\Large\underset{(\textbf{1})}{\ce{(:\!\!\overset{\huge.\!\!.}{N}=C=\overset{\huge.\!\!.}{\underset{\huge.\!\!.}{S}})-}}\qquad\underset{(\...
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Lewis structure and bond order of polyiodides

I am trying to draw the lewis structure of triiodide, pentaiodide and heptaiodide-anions. But I am not sure about them, especially not about the heptaiodide-anion (see image). The second question is,...
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Provide a condensed structure for the following compound [closed]

I keep getting, (CH3)3CCH2CH2CHNH2CHCHCH3. However, the homework system keeps counting it as incorrect, and I don't know what part is incorrect. Thanks for the help!
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What will be the Lewis acid and Lewis base in the reactions between aluminium(III) aqua complex and hydroxide?

$\ce{Al^3+}$ in water will be hydrated, formed a complex ion $\ce{[Al(H2O)6]^3+(aq)}$ that can neutralize hydroxide ion according to the following reactions: $$ \begin{align} \ce{[Al(H2O)6]^3+ + ...
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Is bonds in CO is all 3 coordinate bonds or 2 covalent and 1 coordinate bonds?

Below image is as available in India's Class 11 NCERT Chemistry book vol 1 Page 104. I am confused as it states all 3 bonds are kind of coordinate bonds. Should it not start with 2 covalent bonds and ...
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Electrons distribution of oxygen atoms in ozone [closed]

While dealing with the Lewis structure for ozone, most of the explanations show the electron distribution around the 3 oxygen atoms with a single and double bond. But if you count the number of ...
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Lewis dot structures of carbonate, nitrate and phosphate anions

According to the Lewis dot structure, which of the following anions has more than 4 bond pairs around the central atom? 1) carbonate anion 2) nitrate anion 3) phosphate anion 4) none of ...
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Formal charge: size vs electronegativity?

My question is why size is not taken into consideration when deciding major contributors of resonance structures, particularly: why is the formal charge always assigned to the most electronegative ...
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Lewis structure of chlorine dioxide [duplicate]

The central atom in the molecule of $\ce{ClO2}$ is chlorine. Draw the ‘dot-and-cross’ diagram for $\ce{ClO2}.$ Show outer electrons only. How to draw Lewis structure of $\ce{ClO2}?$ Please explain ...
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Bonding in the nitrate anion [duplicate]

Hi so I was studying chemical bonding where i encountered a problem which is stated below. When we talk about ${NO_3}^-$ we draw its structure as following But the thing which I dont understand is ...
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Lewis structure of CN radical

I need to draw the Lewis formula for $\ce{CN}$. However, I am not sure how to draw the single free electron. My idea would be as follows: $$\Large\ce{\llap{·}C#N\rlap{:}}$$ Does that make sense?
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Bond angle and bond lengths in Arginine

Based on the Lewis structure of arginine, the terminal primary amine attached to the guanidine group seems to be $\mathrm{sp^3}$ hybridized and trigonal pyramidal. Also, in quantum mechanical ...
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Why is the structure of HNO3 have a central atom rather than being linear?

Why is the structure of $\ce{HNO3}$ have a central atom rather than being linear? I know formal charges need to be reduced as much as possible, and if there was a structure with two oxygens and a ...
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In the Lewis structure for barium fluoride, why does barium lose its valence electrons?

I searched for $\ce{BaF2}$ Lewis structure, and found out that the Barium atom loses its 2 valence electrons to form $\ce{F- Ba^2+F-}$. Before seeing it I thought each of $\ce{Ba}$'s valence ...
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Why isn't O=N-O-O the best lewis structure for NO3-?

I'm practicing lewis structures and I'm stuck on the one for NO3 -1 (nitrate ion). I understand that N has to be the central atom because it is the least electronegative, but I'm confused why all the ...
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Lewis structure of benzenediazonium [closed]

In the benzenediazonium $\ce{C6H5N2+}$ the nitrogen contributes its lone pair to the carbon in benzene. So where is one electron of that carbon, since it is not used for bonding with nitrogen where ...
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How to use Lewis theory to differentiate between an acid and a base?

According to Lewis theory a material is an acid if it accepts an electron pair, and a material is base if it donates an electron pair. But if we compare the structures of $\ce{HNO3}$ and $\ce{NaOH}$, ...
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How can nitrogen be quadruply bonded in tris(8-hydroxyquinoloinato)aluminum?

Nitrogen typically has five outer valence electrons. So how does a triply-bonded nitrogen in 8-hydroxyquinoline end up quadruply bonded in tris(8-hydroxyquinolinato)aluminum?
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Can the Lewis dot structure of SO2 be experimentally verified?

I have just watched 2 different videos on the Lewis dot structure of sulfur dioxide, $\ce{SO2}$. One says it is $$\ce{O=S=O}$$ and the other says $$\ce{^-O-S^+=O <-> O=S^+-O-}$$ The first ...
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Why (SO4)^2- does not create 4 double bonds

I looked this question up and still couldn't understand. Why, in $\ce{SO4^2-}$ don't the 4 oxygens create double bonds. In that case the all the oxygens will have 0 formal charge while the sulfur ...
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Structure of pyrophosphorous acid

What is the structure of pyrophosphorous acid? I asked this question here because the answer which I found on web and other resources are inconsistent which each other. For example, following data is ...
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Expanded structure formula and Lewis dot structure, whats the difference?

I am teaching my self the basics of chemistry and I have done lewis dot structure before. Right now I am going into carbon chemistry which often use structure formulas to represent compounds. There is ...
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How to rationalise the resonance structures of nitrogen dioxide?

The following image depicts resonance in $\ce{NO2}$ molecule: I don't know if it is obvious or not, but I'm puzzled by this structure. I've read about the structure of the $\ce{NO2}$ compound, but it ...
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Linear algebra in Lewis structures?

In general, I have come across a phenomenon in chemistry where solutions to certain types of problems can often seem frustrating when trying to work out by hand, as they seem to depend on each other ...
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How to identify the most stable Lewis adduct of boron trichloride?

Which of the following is the most stable Lewis acid–base adduct? (a) $\ce{H2O\bond{->}BCl3}$ (b) $\ce{H2S\bond{->}BCl3}$ (c) $\ce{H3N\bond{->}BCl3}$ (d) $\ce{H3P\bond{->}BCl3}$ ...
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What studies show that d orbitals don't play an important role in covalent bonding? (> period 2 elements) [closed]

Take a look at all the following molecules: $\ce{SO3^{2-}}$, $\ce{SO2}$, $\ce{SO4^2-}$, $\ce{PF5}$ and many more you can add. In all these there is a controversy of one of these two types: Is formal ...
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How can I interpret the CH4+ structure?

I am trying to teach myself about Electron Ionization, and am very confused about the formation of the CH4+ Ion. Do the dotted lines between the C and the H, and between the two Hydrogens indicate a ...
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Lewis structure for magnesium diboride

What is the Lewis structure for $\ce{MgB2}$? I just read that it is a superconducting material (up to a relatively high critical temperature, 39 K) and am wondering if this has to do with its ...
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Lewis structure of ClO radical

The commonly shown structure of the ClO radical described here has a single bond between the chlorine and oxygen atoms. In that structure, chlorine has a formal charge of 1, and oxygen has a formal ...
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What is the lewis structure of NO [duplicate]

I am a bit confused about the lewis structure of $\ce{NO}$ The answer from my worksheet is $\ce{N=O}$ with nitrogen having a free radical. But I drew the structure as N triple bonded to $\ce{O (:N#O:)}...
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What is the Lewis dot diagram for molybdenum and cerium? [closed]

How do I draw a Lewis diagram for $\ce{Mo}$ and $\ce{Ce}$? I am a bit confused since they are transition metals. Attempt The outer electron configuration for $\ce{Mo}$ is $\ce{5s^1 4d^5}$. The number ...
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Question about resonance structures [duplicate]

I stumbled upon an exercise asking to draw the resonance structure of $\ce{SO4^{2-}}$. We can choose between the resonance structures by calculating the formal charges and by checking which one gives ...
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How can chlorine have 10 electrons around it in chlorine trifluoride?

I'm relatively new to chemistry, and while doing some exercises about $\ce{ClF_3}$ I tried to draw where the electrons are. I checked Google and got this: How is this structure possible? From what I'...
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Structure of PH4Br [closed]

What is the structure of PH4Br? I wanna know which atom is bonded to which. Does all five atoms are directly bonded to phosphorus?
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Is SbF5 symmetrical?

SbF5 forms a trigonal bipyramidal shape. There are polar bonds present and I assumed that it is non polar because of it's molecular geometry. However, The molecule itself is not entirely symmetrical (...
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Rules to identify the most stable resonance structures

While studying resonance from this Chemistry LibreTexts article, I found the rules to follow in order to decide which structure is the most stable. Among them: The structure with the least number of ...
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Lewis Structure For H2SO4

When I was drawing the lewis structure for $\ce{H2SO4}$ I got this configuration, now I know this isn't the best configuration but I don't see whats wrong with it. The number of valence electrons is ...
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Where do the lone pairs go in the “true” resonance structure?

Consider the "true" resonance structure of $\ce{CO3^2-}$: The bottom diagram leaves out the 2 lone pairs, so 4 electrons disappeared in the bottom image as compared to the top one. Are these ...
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Formal charges on polyatomic ions

Why is it that sometimes a polyatomic ion's Lewis structure is adjusted to remove the formal charge on the central ion, but sometimes it is not? For example, in the $\ce{I3-}$ ion (triiodide), the ...
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Lewis dot structures of CO2

I know the general Lewis dot structure of carbon dioxide is the one where there are two double bonds connecting oxygens to carbon. However the question is, does $\ce{CO2}$ have resonance structures? ...
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Lewis Structure of SO2 [duplicate]

What is the structure of SO2? I have seen two different ways the Lewis Structure is written: The formal charges of the SO2 with the single bond and a double bond is larger than the SO2 with two ...