Lone pair electrons

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Lone pair electrons

Postby 704992521 » Sun May 20, 2018 10:57 pm

Can I write the lone pair electrons as a line instead of 2 dots?

Luis Torres 1C
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Re: Lone pair electrons

Postby Luis Torres 1C » Sun May 20, 2018 11:07 pm

By convention, the electrons are just represented as dots. I would avoid using lines to represent lone pairs, as lines are typically used to represent bonds between atoms, just to avoid confusion

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Re: Lone pair electrons

Postby Miya Lopez 1I » Sun May 20, 2018 11:13 pm

I think you would use the line only when it is bonding with something else, so it wouldn't be a lone pair.

Jocelyn1B
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Re: Lone pair electrons

Postby Jocelyn1B » Sun May 20, 2018 11:18 pm

For a lone pair it would be better just to put it as a dot rather than a line. The line usually means a single bond, so to be safe put it as a dot.

Tiffany Tufenkjian 1E
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Re: Lone pair electrons

Postby Tiffany Tufenkjian 1E » Sun May 20, 2018 11:19 pm

Lines are typically used to represent bonds between atoms.

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Re: Lone pair electrons

Postby CarinaVargas1J » Sun May 20, 2018 11:29 pm

I agree with the others. It is better to draw the dots for lone pairs and a line for bonds.


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