Problem: Draw the Lewis structure for H3PO4. If necessary, expand the octet on appropriate atoms to lower formal charge.

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H3PO4

H → Group 1A → 1 val. e- x 3

P → Group 5A → 5 val. e- x 1

O → Group 6A → 6 val. e- x 4


H → can only form 1 bond

O → prefers to follow octet rule → forms 2 bonds and have 2 lone pairs

P → can have expanded octet

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Draw the Lewis structure for H3PO4. If necessary, expand the octet on appropriate atoms to lower formal charge.

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