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Lewis Dot Structure for ClO4-

  1. Feb 17, 2005 #1
    I'm asked to draw 5 possible lewis dot structures for this ion. But I can only think of one. which I 've attached here. I'm supposed to draw them and determine which is the most favorable. I know I can do that by calculating hte formal charges, but first I need to draw these structures. Any suggestions?
     

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  3. Feb 17, 2005 #2

    dextercioby

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    I can think of another 4 and it would be 6 altogether if you included the correct one...

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  4. Feb 17, 2005 #3

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    physicsss, the provided structure is usually refered to as a charged octet. By using double bonds instead of single, you can reduce the charge separation at the loss of an octet. There are several compounds which have non-octet structures so feel free to violate that rule (but realize that it comes at a cost, in terms of stability).
     
  5. Feb 18, 2005 #4

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    Yes,most elements in their highest oxydation states will not obey the octet rule.Linus Pauling thought of a method of solving this problem of overabundence of mesomeric states by inventing the so-called "dotted chemical bond"...

    Daniel.
     
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