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Lewis Structure angles

Posted: Wed Oct 23, 2019 11:38 am
by Jessica Li 4F
When drawing Lewis structures, does the angle at which we draw them have to be accurate? For example, with NO3-, making the oxygens perpendicular to N versus at a slanted angle?

Re: Lewis Structure angles

Posted: Wed Oct 23, 2019 12:01 pm
by TYun_1C
I don't think you have to be super meticulous about the angels of the atoms, just the general area would be sufficient. Just remember to place atoms in the way that they are attracted to each other, like the anion next to the cation and not the cation next to the cation or the anion next tot he anion. Hope this helps!

Re: Lewis Structure angles

Posted: Wed Oct 23, 2019 12:24 pm
by Ally Huang- 1F
At this point in the class we don't need to worry about the angles of the atoms in the lewis dot structure. We will learn later on the correct angles that should be drawn in lewis dot structures. I believe Lavelle said to just draw the atoms as symmetrically as possible for now.

Re: Lewis Structure angles

Posted: Wed Oct 23, 2019 12:30 pm
by Omar Selim 1D
Probably try to be as accurate as possible but you don't have to be exact. As long as you have the right attempt, you don't need to use a protractor or anything that specific