Lewis Structures

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Maldonado3K
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Lewis Structures

Postby Maldonado3K » Sun May 13, 2018 3:11 am

Does it matter how we draw our lewis structures? For example if its linear or bent? and can you put two of the same molecules together? for example c-o-o-h or would -o-c-o-h be more accurate?

Mei Blundell_1J
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Re: Lewis Structures

Postby Mei Blundell_1J » Sun May 13, 2018 10:35 am

I'm not sure. I think as long as the formal charges of all the atoms in your structure are as close as possible to zero, you're fine.

Mario Reyes 1C
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Re: Lewis Structures

Postby Mario Reyes 1C » Sun May 13, 2018 1:31 pm

I'm pretty sure it depends on which has a lower formal charge. This may also have to deal with vsepr which we haven't got to yet.

Odalys Cuevas 1C
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Re: Lewis Structures

Postby Odalys Cuevas 1C » Sun May 13, 2018 3:50 pm

I think whats most important is that you have the atom that is the least electronegative in the middle because this way you can just add more atoms to fulfill the octet rule.

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Re: Lewis Structures

Postby Toru Fiberesima 1L » Tue May 15, 2018 1:56 pm

The central atom is the atom that has the lowest electronegativity or the highest valence. You expand from there.


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