H Element

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Tamera Scott 1G
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H Element

Postby Tamera Scott 1G » Fri Nov 02, 2018 4:24 pm

Can someone explain why Hydrogen can't be the center of a lewis structure?

Nicholas Le 4H
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Re: H Element

Postby Nicholas Le 4H » Fri Nov 02, 2018 4:42 pm

Hydrogen atoms can only form one bond known as a duet as it cannot form an octet. In covalent bonding, a central atom must have enough available electrons to form at least two bonds.

Alicia Gibbons 1B
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Re: H Element

Postby Alicia Gibbons 1B » Sat Nov 03, 2018 3:11 pm

The same is true for He. Since these both are in the 1s (1s1 and 1s2) orbital, so they are not able to form more than one bond since they do not have a p orbital. Keep in mind though that He is a noble gas and unlikely to react.

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