Problem: Use formal charge to choose the best Lewis structure for CH3SOCH3.

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Recall that the formula for the formal charge is:


F.C.=Group Number-(Bonds+Nonbonding e-)




Calculating for the formal charge of each atom:

F.C. of H = 1 – (1 + 0) = 0

F.C. of C = 4 – (4 + 0) = 0

F.C. of S = 6 – (5 + 0) = +1

F.C. of O = 6 – (2 + 6) = –2




Calculating for the formal charge of each atom:

F.C. of H = 1 – (1 + 0) = 0

F.C. of C = 4 – (4 + 0) = 0

F.C. of S = 6 – (4 + 2) = 0

F.C. of O = 6 – (2 + 4) = 0



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Use formal charge to choose the best Lewis structure for CH3SOCH3.

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