Dots vs Lines in Lewis Structures

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Dots vs Lines in Lewis Structures

Postby 305416361 » Sun Oct 27, 2019 4:03 pm

Does it matter whether we use dots or lines to represent the bonds in Lewis structures?

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Re: Dots vs Lines in Lewis Structures

Postby Haley Fredricks 1B » Sun Oct 27, 2019 4:09 pm

I don't think it really matters, but I think Lavelle said it was best to use lines to represent bonds because it is more obvious/symbolic.

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Re: Dots vs Lines in Lewis Structures

Postby asannajust_1J » Sun Oct 27, 2019 4:15 pm

dots normally represent lone pairs and the lines represent bonds, it is definitely important to represent bonds using the lines rather than dots to avoid confusion.

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Re: Dots vs Lines in Lewis Structures

Postby Reagan Smith 1H » Sun Oct 27, 2019 4:17 pm

Using lines helps to show that there is a covalent bond because it represents the sharing of electrons while dots represent lone pairs of electrons in covalent bonds. In ionic bonds, you do not use lines because there is no sharing of electrons.

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Re: Dots vs Lines in Lewis Structures

Postby aishwarya_atmakuri » Sun Oct 27, 2019 4:27 pm

When drawing a bond, both dots and lines are synonymous. Lines are usually clearer in depicting the bonds. Unbonded electrons are always shown as dots.

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Re: Dots vs Lines in Lewis Structures

Postby Sofia Barker 2C » Sun Oct 27, 2019 5:26 pm

Lone pairs are represented as dots, so I think it makes a diagram more clear if the bonds are drawn as lines. However, you can draw them as dots if that makes more sense to you or if it helps you understand the structure better.

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Re: Dots vs Lines in Lewis Structures

Postby Elizabeth Harty 1A » Sun Oct 27, 2019 5:44 pm

I'm pretty sure you're always supposed to use lines or else it could be confused as lone pairs.


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