How do you write the electron dot diagram for the hydronium ion #H_3O^+#?

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May 23, 2018

Answer:

Just treat it on the basis of VESPER....you got #H_3ddotO^+#

Explanation:

Electronic geometry of #H_2ddotO:# is precisely the same as that of #H_3ddotO^+#...we conceive that ONE of the lone pair electrons of water donates to an #H^+# ion...

#H_2ddotO:+H^+rightleftharpoonsH_3ddotO^+#

...the hydronium ion is thus isostructural with ammonia, i.e. pyramidal...the formal positive charge is conceived to lie on oxygen...