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Question

A valid Lewis structure cannot be drawn for which of the following compounds?
(P=15, Si=14, C=6,)

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PO34
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SiF4
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C
CF4
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D
CH4
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Solution

The correct option is A PO34
In a valid lewis structure, the central atom should have a complete octet i.e., follow the octet rule.

(a) Central atom, P has 10 valence electrons.

(b) Central atom, Si has 8 valence electrons.

(c) Central atom, C has 8 valence electrons.

(d) Central atom, C has 8 valence electrons.

Hence, PO34 violates the octet rule.

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