Lewis structures, also known as Lewis dot formulas, Lewis dot structures, electron dot structures, or Lewis electron dot structures (LEDS), are diagrams that show the bonding between atoms of a molecule, as well as the lone pairs of electrons that may exist in the molecule. A Lewis structure can be drawn for any covalently bonded molecule, as well as coordination compounds. The Lewis structure was named after Gilbert N. Lewis, who introduced it in his 1916 article The Atom and the Molecule. Lewis structures extend the concept of the electron dot diagram by adding lines between atoms to represent shared pairs in a chemical bond.
Lewis structures show each atom and its position in the structure of the molecule using its chemical symbol. Lines are drawn between atoms that are bonded to one another (pairs of dots can be used instead of lines). Excess electrons that form lone pairs are represented as pairs of dots, and are placed next to the atoms.
Although main group elements of the second period and beyond usually react by gaining, losing, or sharing electrons until they have achieved a valence shell electron configuration with a full octet of (8) electrons, hydrogen (H) can only form bonds which share just two electrons.
I've seen both types of diagrams when drawing covalent dot and cross diagrams. And some students that I teach said that the electrons should be on the circles.
But I do know that this is actually showing the electron overlap and electron field and in reality electrons are not in circular orbits...
the following is the answer of the question:
I identified the major contributor correctly, but the resonance structures, but the second resonance I drew is missing in the answer sheet.
Can anyone tell me why the second resonance structure is not part of the answer...
I was told that there are six resonance structures for SO42-, as shown below.
I am wondering why this structure with single bonds is not one of the possible resonance.
I understand that it is unfavorable as the formal charges are spread out over all four atoms, but shouldn't is still be a...
I need to draw NH4NO2 which is an ionic compound.
3. The Attempt at a Solution
NH4 is fairly straightforward to draw, with one N in the middle and four H surrounding, and no lone pairs. The problem comes with NO2- which is one nitrogen bonded to two oxygens. However, one...