Lewis Dot Structures

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Lewis Dot Structures

Postby 205389184 » Sun Nov 10, 2019 10:10 pm

If an element has an odd number of electrons, does it matter which side of the element shorthand we put it on?

Midori Hupfeld 3D
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Re: Lewis Dot Structures

Postby Midori Hupfeld 3D » Sun Nov 10, 2019 10:12 pm

I don't think we quite have to worry about shape yet. So, unless Dr. Lavelle says so in lecture, radicals' electrons can be drawn in whatever way you like!

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Re: Lewis Dot Structures

Postby 105311039 » Sun Nov 10, 2019 10:16 pm

I do not think for now it matters what side the single electron goes on since we have not discussed shape yet.

Ashley Nguyen 2L
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Re: Lewis Dot Structures

Postby Ashley Nguyen 2L » Sun Nov 10, 2019 10:34 pm

Because we have not discussed shape yet, which depends heavily on electron placement, it does not matter which side the lone electron goes on.

Noah Canio 3C
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Re: Lewis Dot Structures

Postby Noah Canio 3C » Mon Nov 11, 2019 12:50 am

Compounds with an odd number of electrons are defined as radicals and are supposed to be very reactive in nature. I've honestly been trying to figure out which atom is supposed to get the extra electron for days leading up to the midterm exam. I found that either you comply to the necessary formal charges of the compound or it's given to the most electronegative atom.

Cindy Adiwidjaja 1B
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Re: Lewis Dot Structures

Postby Cindy Adiwidjaja 1B » Mon Nov 11, 2019 10:50 am

With any Lewis Dot Structure, it is best to figure out which atoms have the lowest possible Formal Charge. By manipulating the dot structure and figuring out which combination has the lowest dot structure, you should be fine.

Elizabeth Harty 1A
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Re: Lewis Dot Structures

Postby Elizabeth Harty 1A » Mon Nov 11, 2019 10:56 am

At this point in what we have learned I don't think it matters too much.

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Re: Lewis Dot Structures

Postby emwoodc » Fri Nov 15, 2019 9:04 am

at the point where we are at the lecture, no


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