Lewis Structure Problem 3.39  [ENDORSED]

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Lewis Structure Problem 3.39

Postby Navarro_Bree_1D » Wed Oct 19, 2016 5:15 pm

Write the complete Lewis structure for each of the following compounds:
(a) ammonium chloride
(b) potassium phosphide
(c) sodium hypochlorite

I am confused on how to draw Lewis Structures for ionic compounds that also have covalent bonds. In the solutions manual, they put brackets around NH4, P, and ClO. What do the brackets mean? And when do we know which ionic compounds/ions require these brackets?

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Re: Lewis Structure Problem 3.39  [ENDORSED]

Postby Cliff Danza 3F » Wed Oct 19, 2016 6:43 pm

Generally, brackets are put around an individual ion, and it shows that the Lewis Structure has a charge. I do believe you aren't incorrect if you put brackets around the Cl- , K+ , and Na+ , but for single-atom ions, brackets aren't required.

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