A-level Chemistry/OCR (Salters)/Ozone

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Structure[edit | edit source]

Ozone can be assigned two different Lewis structures, but neither one accurately represents the structure and bonding in the O3 molecule.

Canonical structures of ozone
Canonical structures of ozone

Spectroscopic data indicates both O−O bonds in ozone are equal in length and strength. The central oxygen atom is positively charged and the terminal oxygen atoms each carry partial negative charge.