Problem: Determine the shape around each central atom in the acetate ion. Draw the Lewis structure first.(enter one of the following: linear, trigonal planar, tetrahedral,  trigonal pyramidal, bent, trigonal bipyramidal, seesaw, T-shaped, octahedral, square pyramidal, square planar) A. _________ carbon 1 B.  _________ carbon 2 (the one with the oxygens)

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For acetate (CH3COO-)


(1) The total number of valence electrons present in CH3COOis:


            Group             Valence Electrons

C         4A                   2 × 4 e8 e

O         6A                   2 × 6 e12 e

H         1A                   3 × 1 e3 e

Total:  23 valence e

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Determine the shape around each central atom in the acetate ion. Draw the Lewis structure first.

(enter one of the following: linear, trigonal planar, tetrahedral,  trigonal pyramidal, bent, trigonal bipyramidal, seesaw, T-shaped, octahedral, square pyramidal, square planar) 

A. _________ carbon 1 

B.  _________ carbon 2 (the one with the oxygens)

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