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Unformatted text preview: . Atoms in molecules are the most stable when they have the lowest possible formal charges. For oxygen, a 0 formal charge is achieved when it makes 2 bonds. The figure below shows the number of bonds each atom makes to achieve an octet and maintain a formal charge of 0. This trend continues down the columns of the periodic table. So sulfur also prefers to make 2 bonds to achieve an octet and a formal charge of 0....
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This note was uploaded on 11/21/2011 for the course CHEM CHEM 1201 taught by Professor Rupnik during the Spring '11 term at LSU.
- Spring '11