How many resonance structures can be drawn for ozone?

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Nov 27, 2015

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Two resonance structures are available, each with formal charges on the oxygen atoms.

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There are 18 valence electrons. This is to be distributed over 3 oxygen centres: #O=O^(+)-O^-#. From left to right, each #O# atom has 6, 5, and 7 valence electrons, resulting in formal charges of #0#, #+1#, and #-1#, for each atom. VSEPR predicts a bent molecule.

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