Problem: What is the Te–O bond order in the “best” Lewis structure of the tellurite ion (TeO 32–)?A. 1      B. 1.75      C. 1.33      D. 1.5      E. 1 and 2

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We’re being asked to determine the bond order of the Te–O bond in TeO 32–. We can see that TeO 32– has three resonance structures shown below:




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What is the Te–O bond order in the “best” Lewis structure of the tellurite ion (TeO 32–)?

A. 1      B. 1.75      C. 1.33      D. 1.5      E. 1 and 2