Problem: Draw a Lewis structure for SO2 in which all atoms obey the octet rule. Show formal charges. Do not consider ringed structures.Draw a Lewis structure for SO2 in which all atoms have a formal charge of zero. Explicitly showing the zero charges is optional. Do not consider ringed structures.

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We’re being asked to draw the Lewis Structure for SO2 and show its formal charges


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


Step 1: Determine the central atom in this molecule.

Step 2: Calculate the total number of valence electrons present.

Step 3: Draw the Lewis structure for SO2 

Step 4: Calculate the formal charge for SO2 


Recall that the formula for the formal charge is:


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


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Draw a Lewis structure for SO2 in which all atoms obey the octet rule. Show formal charges. Do not consider ringed structures.

Draw a Lewis structure for SO2 in which all atoms have a formal charge of zero. Explicitly showing the zero charges is optional. Do not consider ringed structures.

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