Does the Orientation of Surrounding Atoms matter?

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Does the Orientation of Surrounding Atoms matter?

Postby Claudia Luong 4K » Sat Dec 08, 2018 4:47 am

For example, for SCl4, I drew the Cl atoms directly top, bottom, left, and right of S, but SCl4 is seesaw-shaped so the solutions manual has it drawn with a different orientation of the Cl atoms (1 directly above S, 1 directly under S, and 2 more Cl atoms in between those 2). Would my Lewis structure be considered inaccurate and get marked down points on a test?

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Re: Does the Orientation of Surrounding Atoms matter?

Postby Chem_Mod » Sun Dec 09, 2018 1:51 am

Lewis structures don't show 3-dimensionality. If you wanted to be safe, I don't see why you couldn't.


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