Asked Nov 3, 2019
A Lewis structure with placeholder central atom is shown below. If the charge of the molecule is -1, choose the possible identity or identities of the central atom.
A) F
B) N, P or As
C) C, Si or Ge
D) B or Al
E) Cl, Br or I

Expert Answer

Step 1

Given information:

The Lewis structure of unknown molecule is represented as follows:

Step 2

First, the number of valence electrons are counted.

As, there are 3 oxygen atoms bonded to the central atom and one lone pair is present on the central atom thus, total number of valance electrons become (3+2) 5.

Step 3

Thus, the central atom belongs to group 5 and there...

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