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12-12-2012, 02:17 PM
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So in my chem class we basically follow the octet rule for Lewis diagrams. I see around the internet a lot of places saying that using formal charge gives a "better" representation of molecules. However, I just read an article that said a lot of real life testing has shown that the octet rule may actually be closer to reality.

So I'm wondering how you guys have been taught.

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