Line in place of paired dots

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Samantha Lee 1A
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Line in place of paired dots

Postby Samantha Lee 1A » Fri Oct 30, 2020 12:01 pm

Are we able to use a solid line to indicate 2 electrons (not the bond)? ie) Flourine having 3 lines and one dot.

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Re: Line in place of paired dots

Postby Kyle Walsh 2J » Fri Oct 30, 2020 12:12 pm

Hi! I think that this is up to the professor, but in general, lines are only used for bonds and lone pairs are represented by pairs of dots. Otherwise it could get a bit confusing.

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Re: Line in place of paired dots

Postby Charlotte Adams 1A » Fri Oct 30, 2020 12:35 pm

I think he wants us to use lines to show a bond and for us to draw out lone pairs of electrons

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Re: Line in place of paired dots

Postby Crystal Pan 2G » Fri Oct 30, 2020 1:25 pm

It's probably better to draw the lone pairs as pairs of dots, and to leave the lines to denote bonds.

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Re: Line in place of paired dots

Postby George Cazares 1E » Fri Oct 30, 2020 2:48 pm

Lone pairs of electrons are usually drawn as a pair of dots, and bonds are usually drawn as lines.

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Re: Line in place of paired dots

Postby anikamenon2H » Mon Nov 02, 2020 10:41 am

No, it's pretty universal that a single line indicates a covalent bond where two electrons are being shared so it would be unclear what you meant if you replaced the two dots representing a lone pair with a single line. To reiterate, the two dots indicate a lone pair, which means those electrons are not interacting with the other atoms' electrons while a single dash indicates two electrons being shared between atoms. As these two symbols have very different meanings, it's best to stick to convention.

Hope this helps!

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Re: Line in place of paired dots

Postby apurva-3E » Mon Nov 02, 2020 12:11 pm

Use lines for bonds and dots for lone pairs.

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Re: Line in place of paired dots

Postby aashmi_agrawal_3d » Tue Nov 03, 2020 3:07 pm

I think we should use lines to show bonds and dots for lone pairs as that is the proper notation.

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Re: Line in place of paired dots

Postby Darlene Lien 3E » Wed Nov 04, 2020 11:25 am

Hi, based on the examples in the lecture, I think it would be best to use dots to represent the lone pair electrons and lines to represent the bonds.


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