We are being asked how many total single and double bonds are there in this Lewis structure of sulfuric acid (H2SO4) :
To draw the Lewis structure, first, identify the number of valence electrons:
Group Valence Electrons
S 6A 1 × 6 e– = 6 e–
H 1A 2 × 1 e– = 2 e–
O 6A 4 × 6 e– = 24 e–
Total: 22 valence e–
The best Lewis structure for sulfuric acid has zero formal charges, sulfur as the central atom, and no bonds between S and H. How many total single and double bonds, respectively, are there in this Lewis structure?
A. 2 single, 4 double B. 6 single, no double C. 4 single, 2 double
D. 5 single, 1 double E. 4 have 1 1⁄2 bonds, no single, no double
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