Placing elements in Lewis diagram

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Placing elements in Lewis diagram

Postby nick_pantoja_3G » Fri Oct 21, 2016 10:29 am

In the chapter homework, I would draw the Lewis diagrams with the correct number of bonds. But the positioning of the atoms are different. For example, I would attach an O to the top of a C instead of the left side (as seen in the book); would MY answer still be correct, as long as they are symmetrically placed?

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Re: Placing elements in Lewis diagram

Postby Jeannie_Kim_1I » Fri Oct 21, 2016 11:18 am

Normally you wouldn't place an element on top of the central element unless there's already elements on the left and right sides. So for example, for CO the O would be on the right side of C, and for CO2 the oxygens would be on the left and right sides, and for CO3 the oxygens would be on the left and right and either above or below the C (it doesn't really matter as long as the structure is symmetrical, but usually people prefer putting it on the top).


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