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Hello! When placing the dots (electrons) around the element, does it matter where we place them first? For example in Carbon do we go clockwise from the left side or does it really not matter when placing the dots? Thanks!
It doesn't matter where you place the dots, but you should make sure to fill up all the sides first before adding more than 4. For example, it's not right to have 3 dots on one side and no dots on the other sides.
There is no order, although you should have one electron on each of the four sides before having two on the same side. You should also take a look at/aim for symmetry (having two on the right side, as well as the left side if the element has six valence electrons).
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