Representing larger molecules

(Polar molecules, Non-polar molecules, etc.)

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Representing larger molecules

Postby JTijerina_4A » Sun Nov 24, 2019 5:57 pm

How should we draw Lewis structures/determine molecular shape for molecules that have more than one central atom?

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Re: Representing larger molecules

Postby Ariana Iranmahboub1G » Sun Nov 24, 2019 6:04 pm

As with molecules with one central atom, the central atoms that are the least electronegative are in the center. To determine the shape of the molecule, you would need to look at the molecular shape of each central atom independently.

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Re: Representing larger molecules

Postby Rosa Munoz 2E » Sun Nov 24, 2019 8:54 pm

Look at the central atoms independently to determine shape.

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Re: Representing larger molecules

Postby Alan Cornejo 1a » Sun Dec 08, 2019 11:48 pm

The atom thats least electronegative should be the central atom, if you have two I would assume it would be best to create the shape by simply drawing the structure according to the appearance in the chemical formula.

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Re: Representing larger molecules

Postby Jared_Yuge » Mon Dec 09, 2019 12:04 am

Generally if your molecule has more than a few atoms its going to be listed in the order that it is formed so it generally isn't a problem, you just gotta make sure everything works out charge wise and octet rule wise. Regarding shape, you just consider one "central" atom at a time.

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