Lewis structure of ClO3- ion is drawn step by step in this tutorial. Total valence electrons of oxygen and chlorine atoms and negative charge are considered to draw the ClO3- lewis structure. When we drew the lewis structure, overall charge of the ion should be -1.
Now, we are going to learn, how to draw this lewis structure of ClO3- ion step by step.
Following steps are required to draw ClO3- lewis structure and they are explained in detail in this tutorial.
Drawing correct lewis structure is important to draw resonance structures of ClO3-.
There are one chlorine atom and three oxygen atoms in the chlorate ion. Also there is a -1 charge on the ClO3- ion.
Chlorine and oxygen are located at 7 and 6 groups respectively in the periodic table. So chlorine has seven electrons in its valence shell. In oxygen atom, there are six electrons in its valence shell.
There are three oxygen atoms in ClO3- , Therefore
Due to -1 charge, another electrons is added
Total valance electrons pairs = σ bonds + π bonds + lone pairs at valence shells
Total electron pairs are determined by dividing the number total valence electrons by two. For, ClO3- there are 26 valence electrons, so total pairs of electrons are 13.
To be the center atom, ability of having greater valance is important. Chlorine can show valence 7. But, oxygen's maximum valence is 2. Therefore chlorine has more chance to be the center atom (See the figure). So, now we can build a sketch of ClO3- ion.
Check charges on atoms and mark them as below. Charges are important to decide the best lewis structure of the ion.
The drawn structure for ClO3- is not a stable structure because oxygen atoms and chlorine atoms have charges. Also, when charge of an atom is large, that structure become more unstable. When a molecule or ion has so many charges on atoms, that structure is not stable.
Now, we should try to minimize charges by converting lone pair or pairs which exist on oxygen atoms to bonds. So we convert one lone pair of one oxygen atom as a Cl-O bond as in the following figure.
Now there is a double bond between chlorine and one oxygen atom. There are also two single bonds (Cl-O) with chlorine atom and other two oxygen atoms.
But, there are still charges on atoms. If possible, we should reduce charges furthermore. Another lone pair on another oxygen atom is transferred as a Cl-O bond.
Now, there are twelve electrons around chlorine atom. This is acceptable because chlorine can keep more than eight electrons chlorine has unfilled 3d orbits.
In new structure, charges of atoms are reduced furthermore. Now there is no any charge on two oxygen atoms. Also, charge of chlorine atom is reduced to zero. Now you understand this structure of ClO3- is more stable than previous structure due to less charges on atoms.
There are three σ bonds and a one lone pair around chlorine atom in lewis structure of ClO3- ion. Therefore, shape of ion is trigonal pyramidal.
Only one oxygen atom has a -1 charge. All other atoms do not have charges. Therefore, overall charge of chlorate ion is -1.
There is no molecule or ion as ClO3. The correct formula of chlorate ion is ClO3-.