Asked Jan 11, 2020

(a) Write a single Lewis structure for SO3 , and determine the hybridization at the S atom. (b) Are there other equivalent Lewis structures for the molecule? (c) Would you expect SO3 to exhibit delocalized π bonding?


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The representation in which the distribution of electrons around the atom in a molecule is shown by dots is known as Lewis structure.

Step 2

(a) Sulfur and oxygen belong to 14th and 16th group. The valence electron in S and O is 4 and 6. The total number of valence electron in SO3 is calculated as follows:

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Step 3

Sulfur forms 4 bonds, thus; hybridization of sulfur is sp3. The ...

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