Problem: Draw the Lewis structure for the polyatomic formyl (CHO - ) anion. Be sure to include all resonance structures that satisfy the octet rule.

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Lewis structures are diagrams that show the bonding between atoms of a molecule and the lone pairs of electrons that may exist in the molecule.

Now, we are asked to draw the structure of an anion CHO-.

Step 1: Determine the central atom.

Step 2: Find the total number of valence electrons.

Step 3: Draw the skeletal structure with bonds and lone pairs. Always take note of the “Octet Rule”.

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Draw the Lewis structure for the polyatomic formyl (CHO - ) anion. Be sure to include all resonance structures that satisfy the octet rule.

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