Lewis Structures

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Ariana Morales
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Lewis Structures

Postby Ariana Morales » Sun Oct 28, 2018 10:10 pm

Does it matter where the dots are placed? For example, if it's 4 dots can they be put anywhere or should they go somewhere specifically.

Albert_Luu3K
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Re: Lewis Structures

Postby Albert_Luu3K » Sun Oct 28, 2018 10:15 pm

I'm not sure if they can just go anywhere. Just make sure the dots/electrons are paired up and the sides surrounding the atom (where there's not a bond).

Hai-Lin Yeh 1J
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Re: Lewis Structures

Postby Hai-Lin Yeh 1J » Sun Oct 28, 2018 10:15 pm

I believe it doesn't matter if the dots are left or right, but it DOES matter if you have 2 paired electron. If there is 2 paired electron, you need to make sure that they are shown in your diagram/drawing of your lewis dot structure. For example, Mg has 2 paired electrons. So you wouldn't put one above the symbol and the next on the right of it. They both need to be together.

mahika_nayak_3L
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Re: Lewis Structures

Postby mahika_nayak_3L » Sun Oct 28, 2018 10:18 pm

When drawing a Lewis structure, start by placing one dot on each of the 4 sides and continue around again, if needed. The number of unpaired electrons should be the same as the number of bonds that the electron can form.

Fionna Shue 4L
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Re: Lewis Structures

Postby Fionna Shue 4L » Sun Oct 28, 2018 10:18 pm

The dots can go on any four sides, but keep in mind that two dots next to each other means that those two electrons are paired. If the 4 electrons that you're drawing aren't paired, the structure would have one dot on each of the 4 sides.

Luis_Yepez_1F
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Re: Lewis Structures

Postby Luis_Yepez_1F » Sun Oct 28, 2018 10:21 pm

If i remember right, the position of the dots do not matter as long as there are no restrictions such as bonds or e- pairs.

Sarah Bui 2L
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Re: Lewis Structures

Postby Sarah Bui 2L » Sun Oct 28, 2018 10:26 pm

Fionna Shue 1L wrote:The dots can go on any four sides, but keep in mind that two dots next to each other means that those two electrons are paired. If the 4 electrons that you're drawing aren't paired, the structure would have one dot on each of the 4 sides.



I have a similar question from this: A line drawn between two atoms where there are no dots can also mean paired electrons, right??

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Re: Lewis Structures

Postby ariana_apopei1K » Mon Oct 29, 2018 7:04 pm

Sarah Bui 4I wrote:
Fionna Shue 1L wrote:The dots can go on any four sides, but keep in mind that two dots next to each other means that those two electrons are paired. If the 4 electrons that you're drawing aren't paired, the structure would have one dot on each of the 4 sides.



I have a similar question from this: A line drawn between two atoms where there are no dots can also mean paired electrons, right??

Yeah, a line is equivalent to 2 shared electrons! A double bond would mean 4 e-'s, a triple would be 6. Hope this helped!


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