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Shape of H2SO4

  1. Jan 17, 2005 #1
    I tried to use VSERP to draw the shape of H2SO4
    but consider
    S :6 (group6)
    4O :2*4
    2H :1*2
    16=>4pi bond
    but then 4 pi bond of oxygen=16 electrons
    how about the sigma bond of 2 hydrogen
  2. jcsd
  3. Jan 17, 2005 #2
    From memory SO4(-2) has the S as the central atom, two O's oppositely have a pi bond, and the remaining two have sigma bonds each with a negative charge. The H's are attached to these O's.
  4. Jan 18, 2005 #3
    but then it becomes
    but 2pi+4sigma=16
    again, it does not work
  5. Jan 18, 2005 #4
    Hint: Look at your electron count and then look at the charge on sulfuric acid.
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