Commonly Tested Lewis Structures

We draw Lewis Structures to predict:

-the shape of a molecule.

-the reactivity of a molecule and how it might interact with other molecules.

-the physical properties of a molecule such as boiling point, surface tension, etc.

Drawing the Lewis Structure for ClO4- (Perchlorate Ion)

Perchlorates (salts with the ClO4-) are used in rocket fuel (NH4ClO4) and to treat hyperthyroidism (NaClO4).

A commonly used perchlorate is ammonium perchlorate (NH4ClO4) found in solid rocket fuel.

There are 32 valence electrons available for the Lewis structure for ClO4-.

Be sure to check the formal charges to make sure that you have correct Lewis structure for ClO4-

Video: Drawing the Lewis Structure for ClO4-

It is helpful if you:

  • Try to draw the ClO4- Lewis structure before watching the video.
  • Watch the video and see if you missed any steps or information.