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anonymous

  • 4 years ago

Lewis structure of HSO4- how come there is 12electrons total bonding to S?? isn't that more than 8 electrons maximum?

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  1. JFraser
    • 4 years ago
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    most of the time, 8 is the limit. However, atoms like sulfur can access nearby 3d orbitals and create more bonds than the traditional 4. This "expanded octet" means some atoms can create up to 6 electron "domains".

  2. anonymous
    • 4 years ago
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    umm, then how do i know which atoms can have more than 8 electrons?

  3. JFraser
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    atoms phosphorus and larger can expand their octets. anything smaller than phosphorus has to obey the octet rule

  4. anonymous
    • 4 years ago
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    oh ok! thank you very much!

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