Problem: What are the formal charges in O3 (ozone)?

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We’re being asked to determine the formal charge of all O atoms in O3. To do so, we need to do the following steps:


Step 1: Determine the central atom in this molecule.

Step 2: Calculate the total number of valence electrons present.

Step 3: Draw the Lewis structure for the molecule.

Step 4: Calculate the formal charge for the indicated atom. Recall that the formula for formal charge is:



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What are the formal charges in O3 (ozone)?

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