Problem: Consider the Lewis structure shown below.Does the Lewis structure depict a neutral molecule or an ion?

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

H: FC = 1 – (1 + 0) = 0

left C: FC = 4 – (4+0) = 0

middle C: FC = 4 – (4+0) = 0

right C: FC = 4 – (4+0) = 0

left O: FC = 6 – (2+4) = 0

right O: FC = 6 – (1+6) = -1


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Consider the Lewis structure shown below.

A C is double bonded above to O (two pairs), left to H, and right to C.  That C is single bonded below to H and double bonded right to C. That C is single bonded above to O (three pairs) and right to H.

Does the Lewis structure depict a neutral molecule or an ion?

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