Problem: Draw the best Lewis structure for ClO 4 – and determine the formal charge on chlorine.A) -1B) +1C) 0D) +2E) +3

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We’re being asked to determine the formal charge of chlorine in ClO4


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 the molecule.

Step 4: Calculate the formal charge for the indicated atom. 


Recall that the formula for the formal charge is:



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Draw the best Lewis structure for ClO  and determine the formal charge on chlorine.

A) -1

B) +1

C) 0

D) +2

E) +3

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