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ClO2+ ion valence electrons

  1. Jul 9, 2013 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Use a piece of scratch paper to draw the Lewis structure for the ClO2+ ion, and then answer these questions (be sure to answer all of them):
    A. How many total valance electrons does this ion have?
    B. Which atom is the central atom?
    C. How many bonding electrons are there between the central atom and each of the other atoms?
    D. How many nonbonding electrons are there on the central atom?

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution

    Im reviewing for the midterm and this question i never understood when i encountered it a few weeks ago.

    ClO2+ has 32 electrons total?
    The electron configuration would then be 1s2 2s2 3p6 4s2 3d10 4p6 5s2 4d2 ?
    A. Im confused what are the valence electrons in this ClO2+ ion.
    B.Cl is the central atom?
    C. ?
    D. ?
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  3. Jul 11, 2013 #2


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    Start with the Lewis structure.
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