Problem: Which of the following Lewis structures is the BEST description of the bonding in ozone, O3?

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We’re being asked for the best description of the bonding zone or  Lewis structure for O3. In this matter, we will be applying the concept of formal charges to determine the proper structure.


The formal charge can be calculated as:


F.C.=Group Number-(Bonds+Nonbonding e-)


Determine the total number of valence electrons present in the molecule:


            Group            Valence Electrons

O          6A                   3 × 6 e18 e

   Total:  18 valence e


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Which of the following Lewis structures is the BEST description of the bonding in ozone, O3?

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