How do we write the Lewis structure of the hypochlorite anion, #ClO^(-)#?
These try to depict the electronic structure of
In fact the given diagram is highly misleading and ambiguous. The valence electrons around the chlorine atom were depicted. Why should only the chlorine-based electrons be? As written, the chlorine atom is neutral. A similar depiction should have been given around oxygen, and here a formal negative charge would be associated with the oxygen atom, as is required for the
For chlorate anion there are