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Lewis Structures

Posted: Sun May 13, 2018 3:11 am
by Maldonado3K
Does it matter how we draw our lewis structures? For example if its linear or bent? and can you put two of the same molecules together? for example c-o-o-h or would -o-c-o-h be more accurate?

Re: Lewis Structures

Posted: Sun May 13, 2018 10:35 am
by Mei Blundell_1J
I'm not sure. I think as long as the formal charges of all the atoms in your structure are as close as possible to zero, you're fine.

Re: Lewis Structures

Posted: Sun May 13, 2018 1:31 pm
by Mario Reyes 1C
I'm pretty sure it depends on which has a lower formal charge. This may also have to deal with vsepr which we haven't got to yet.

Re: Lewis Structures

Posted: Sun May 13, 2018 3:50 pm
by Odalys Cuevas 1C
I think whats most important is that you have the atom that is the least electronegative in the middle because this way you can just add more atoms to fulfill the octet rule.

Re: Lewis Structures

Posted: Tue May 15, 2018 1:56 pm
by Toru Fiberesima 1L
The central atom is the atom that has the lowest electronegativity or the highest valence. You expand from there.