Problem: Calculate the formal charge of each element in the following compounds and ions:(a) H2CCH2(b) ClF3

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We’re being asked to determine the formal charge of ALL ELEMENTS in H2CCHand ClF3.


To do so, we need to do the following steps:


Step 1: Determine the central atom in the 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 the formal charge is:


F.C. = Group# - (bonds of element +nonbonding electrons)


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Calculate the formal charge of each element in the following compounds and ions:

(a) H2CCH2

(b) ClF3

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