Organic Chemistry (8th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 0321768418
ISBN 13: 978-0-32176-841-4

Chapter 1 - Introduction and Review - Problems: Problem 1-6 f


Carbon forms 4 bonds to have a formal charge of 0. Carbon here has 3 bonds and one lone pair, which gives it a formal charge of -1.

Work Step by Step

Formal Charge (FC) = [number of valence electrons] - [number of non-bonding electrons] - 1/2 [shared electrons] FC (carbon) = 4-2-3 = -1 FC (hydrogen) = 1-0-1 = 0
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