Problem: Sketch the following molecule: CH3CO2CH3 (whose skeletal structure is H3CCOOCH3, with both O atoms attached to the second C).

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Total number of valence electrons present:


            Group            Valence Electrons

C        4A                   3 × 4 e12 e

H        1A                   6 × 1 e6 e

O        6A                   2 × 6 e12 e

                          Total:  30 valence e


Bonding preferences:

  • C prefers 4 bonds
  • H forms only 1 bond
  • O prefers 2 bonds + 2 lone pairs


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Sketch the following molecule: CH3CO2CH3 (whose skeletal structure is H3CCOOCH3, with both O atoms attached to the second C).

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