How do you draw the Lewis Structures of each of the following acids? These structures, like most acids, have each H attached to one of the oxygens.

#H_2SO_4#
#HIO_2#

1 Answer
Sep 22, 2016

Answer:

You have #"iodous and sulfuric acids"#.

Explanation:

Sulfuric acid is easy: #HO-S(=O)_2(OH)#, we have a #S(VI+)# oxidation state. Alternatively, I could represent this as #HO-""^(2+)S(-O)_2^(-)(OH)#.

For #"iodous acid"# I have a formal #I^(III+)# oxidation state:

#O=I-OH#

This is an unstable beasty, and I don't think it has ever been isolated.