Problem: Use formal charge to explain why the fulminate ion is less stable (and therefore more reactive) than the cyanate ion.

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We have to use formal charges to determine why fulminate ions is less stable than cyanide ion.


To solve this problem, we will first write the Lewis structure of both ions. The steps to draw a Lewis structure are:

We will follow these steps to solve this problem.

Step 1: Determine the central atom in the molecule.

Step 2: Calculate the total number of valence electrons present.

Step 3: Draw the Lewis structure for the molecule.

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Use formal charge to explain why the fulminate ion is less stable (and therefore more reactive) than the cyanate ion.

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