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Lewis Structure Location
« on: April 14, 2012, 04:29:36 PM »
Hello!

I am writing the Lewis Structure diagram for CH3COOH.

I wrote it like this:



but the answer key has:



Are both correct?

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Re: Lewis Structure Location
« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2012, 05:05:33 PM »
Hello!

I am writing the Lewis Structure diagram for CH3COOH.

I wrote it like this:



but the answer key has:



Are both correct?

If indeed you were asked for the diagram for CH3COOH, then there is a clue in the fact you have a CH3 and similar groups mentioned. If however it was C2H4O2 you were asked for, you may have a case. Note that carbon-carbon double bonds linked directly to a hydroxyl group are generally unstable though.

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Re: Lewis Structure Location
« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2012, 12:14:24 AM »
Hello!

I am writing the Lewis Structure diagram for CH3COOH.

I wrote it like this:



but the answer key has:



Are both correct?

If indeed you were asked for the diagram for CH3COOH, then there is a clue in the fact you have a CH3 and similar groups mentioned. If however it was C2H4O2 you were asked for, you may have a case. Note that carbon-carbon double bonds linked directly to a hydroxyl group are generally unstable though.

Thank you very much, sjb! I appreciate your help so much!

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