Lewis Structure  [ENDORSED]

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Kyra Dingle 1B
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Lewis Structure

Postby Kyra Dingle 1B » Wed Nov 08, 2017 11:46 pm

When asked to find the lewis structure, do you automatically write the structure with the lowest energy?

Tasnia Haider 1E
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Re: Lewis Structure

Postby Tasnia Haider 1E » Wed Nov 08, 2017 11:48 pm

Yes, since the lowest energy structure means that the structure is the most stable for the compound or element.

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Re: Lewis Structure

Postby soniatripathy » Thu Nov 09, 2017 8:28 pm

I talked to one of the LAs and she said that only when it is stated to write the lowest one then it is needed. Otherwise (at this level) a valid lewis structure is okay. Obviously it is better to get the most stable one but sometimes that takes a bunch of trial and error.

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Re: Lewis Structure

Postby Leah Savage 2F » Fri Nov 10, 2017 11:56 am

Generally you draw a lewis structure and then do some trial and error until you find a lewis structure with the lowest overall formal charge possible! That will be the most stable/lowest energy.

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Re: Lewis Structure  [ENDORSED]

Postby Chem_Mod » Fri Nov 10, 2017 2:28 pm

If asked to draw a structure, always draw the best/lowest energy structure.

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