1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data http://i.minus.com/jxoYt94CAd9LY.png [Broken] 2. Relevant equations The total number of valence electrons in SOCl2 is 6 + 6 + 7(2) or 26 valence electrons. Dividing by 8, this implies a total of three bonds formed with the central atom (the least electronegative atom, or sulfur). 3. The attempt at a solution However, in my teacher's solution, there appear to only be 24 electrons total. Sulfur seems to be missing an non-bonding pair of electrons. Am I correct that there should be a pair of non-bonding electrons on sulfur?