Problem: 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 doubleD. 5 single, 1 double      E. 4 have 1 1⁄2 bonds, no single, no double

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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 e6 e

H         1A                    2 × 1 e2 e

O         6A                   4 × 6 e24 e

              Total:  22 valence e


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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