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The following procedure can be used to construct Lewis electron structures for more complex molecules and ions: Now let's apply this procedure to some particular compounds, beginning with one we have already discuss. The United States Supreme Court has the unenviable task of deciding what the law is. This responsibility can be a major challenge when there is no clear principle involved or where there is new situation not encountered before. Chemistry faces the same challenge in extending basic concepts to fit new situation. Drawing of Lewis structures for polyatomic ions uses the same approach, but tweaks process little to fit somewhat different set of circumstances. 1. Determine total number of valence electrons in molecule or ion. Add together valence electrons from each atom. If a species is a polyatomic ion, remember to add or subtract the number of electrons necessary to give total charge on ion. For CO 3 2, for example, we add two electrons to the total because of 2 charge. When there is a central atom, it is usually the least electronegative element in the compound. Chemists usually list this central atom first in chemical formula, which is another clue to compound structure. Hydrogen and halogens are almost always connected to only one other atom, SO they are usually terminal rather than central. 3. Place bonding pair of electrons between each pair of adjacent atoms to give a single bond. In H 2 O, for example, there is a bonding pair of electrons between oxygen and each hydrogen. 4. Beginning with terminal atoms, add enough electrons to each atom to give each atom an octet. These electrons will usually be lone pairs. 5. If any electrons are left over, place them on the central atom. We will explain later that some atoms are able to accommodate more than eight electrons. 6. If the central atom has fewer electrons than octet, use lone pairs from terminal atoms to form multiple bonds to the central atom to achieve octet. This will not change the number of electrons on terminal atoms. Always make sure all valence electrons are accounted for and each atom has octet of electrons except for Hydrogen. Identify each violation of the octet rule by drawing a Lewis electron dot diagram. Clo SF 6. With one Cl atom and one O atom, this molecule has 6 + 7 = 13 valence electrons, SO it is an odd - electron molecule. The Lewis electron dot diagram for this molecule is as follow: b. In SF 6, central S atom makes six covalent bonds to six surrounding F Atoms, SO it is an expand valence shell molecule. Its Lewis electron dot diagram is as follow:

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Exceptions to the Octet Rule

As important and useful as the Octet Rule is in chemical bonding, there are some well - known violations. This does not mean that the Octet Rule is uselessquite, contrary. As with many rules, there are exceptions, or violations. There are three violations of the Octet Rule. Odd - electron Molecules represent the first violation of the Octet Rule. Although they are few, some stable compounds have an odd number of Electrons in their Valence shells. With odd number of electrons, at least one atom in molecule will have to violate the Octet Rule. Examples of stable odd - electron Molecules are NO, NO 2, and ClO 2. The Lewis electron Dot diagram for NO is as follow: although O atom has Octet of Electrons, N atom has only seven Electrons in its Valence shell. Although NO is a stable compound, it is very chemically reactive, as are most other odd - electron compounds. Electron - deficient Molecules represent the second violation of the Octet Rule. These stable compounds have less than eight electrons around atom in molecule. The most common examples are covalent compounds of beryllium and Boron. For example, beryllium can form two covalent bonds, resulting in only four electrons in its Valence shell: Boron commonly makes only three covalent bonds, resulting in only six Valence Electrons around B atom. A well - known example is BF 3: third violation of the Octet Rule is found in those compounds with more than eight Electrons assigned to their Valence shell. These are called Expanded Valence shell Molecules. Such compounds are formed only by central atoms in third row of the periodic table or beyond that have empty d orbitals in their Valence shells that can participate in covalent bonding. One such compound is PF 5. The only reasonable Lewis electron Dot diagram for this compound has P atom making five covalent bonds: formally, P atom has 10 Electrons in its Valence shell.


Covalent Bonds

Covalent bonds are a class of chemical bonds where valence electrons are shared between two atoms, typically two nonmetals. The formation of covalent bond allows nonmetals to obey the octet rule and thus become more stable. For example: fluorine atom has seven valence electrons. If it shares one electron with carbon atom, fluorine will have a full octet. Carbon will then have five valence electrons. Covalently sharing two electrons is also know as single bond. A carbon will have to form four single bonds with four different fluorine atoms to fill its octet. The result is CF 4 or carbon tetrafluoride. Covalent bonding requires specific orientation between atoms in order to achieve overlap between bonding orbitals. Covalent bonding interactions include sigma - bonding and pi - bonding. Sigma bonds are the strongest type of covalent interaction and are formed via overlap of atomic orbitals along the orbital axis. Overlapped orbitals allow shared electrons to move freely between atoms. Pi bonds are a weaker type of covalent interactions and result from overlap of two lobes of interacting atomic orbitals above and below the orbital axis. Single bonds occur when two electrons are shared and are composed of one sigma bond between two atoms. Double bonds occur when four electrons are shared between two atoms and consist of one sigma bond and one pi bond. Triple bonds occur when six electrons are shared between two atoms and consist of one sigma bond and two pi bonds.


Exception 2: Incomplete Octets

The Octet Rule states that atoms below atomic number 20 tend to combine so that they each have eight electrons in their valence shells, which gives them the same electronic configuration as noble gas. The rule is applicable to main - group elements, especially carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, and halogens, but also to metals such as sodium and magnesium. Valence electrons can be counted using the Lewis electron dot diagram. In carbon dioxide, for example, each oxygen shares four electrons with central carbon. These four electrons are counted in both the carbon Octet and the oxygen Octet because they are share.


Ionic Bonds

To understand why chemical bonds form, consider a common compound known as water, or H 2 O. It consists of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom. As you can see on the left side of Figure: below, each hydrogen atom has just one electron, which is also its sole valence electron. Oxygen atom has six valence electrons. These are electrons at the outer energy level of the oxygen atom. In water molecule on right in Figure: each hydrogen atom shares a pair of electrons with oxygen atom. By sharing electrons, each atom has electrons available to fill its sole or outer energy level. Hydrogen atoms each have a pair of shared electrons, so their first and only energy level is full. The Oxygen atom has a total of eight valence electrons, so its outer energy level is full. Full outer energy level is the most stable possible arrangement of electrons. It explains why elements form chemical bonds with each other.

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Summary

Lewis Dot symbols provide a simple rationalization of why elements form compounds with observed stoichiometries. The plot of overall energy of covalent bond as function of internuclear distance is identical to the plot of ionic pair because both result from attractive and repulsive forces between charge entities. In Lewis electron structures, we encounter bonding pairs, which are shared by two atoms, and lone pairs, which are not shared between atoms. Lewis structures for polyatomic ions follow the same rules as those for other covalent compounds. There are three violations to the octet rule: odd - electron molecules, electron - deficient molecules, and expand valence shell molecules

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Double and Triple Bonds

In this lesson, you reviewed the basics of the Lewis dot structure. The Lewis dot structure can be represented by either two dots or by line between two atoms when there is chemical Bond - two lines for double Bond and three lines for triple Bond. You learn that to write Lewis structure for compounds, you follow these steps: determine type and number of atoms in molecule. Write Lewis dot structure for each individual atom. Connect atoms by electron pair bonds so that each atom has a full octet. If you have carbon in your molecule, it is always in the middle. Hydrogens are usually on the outside. Double - check your work and make sure every atom has eight electrons and no more.

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Example 3

What is the proper Lewis electron dot diagram for CO 2? The central atom is C atom, with o atoms as surrounding atoms. We have a total of 4 + 6 + 6 = 16 valence electrons. Following rules for Lewis electron dot diagrams for compounds give us O atoms have complete octets around them, but C atom has only four electrons around it. The way to solve this dilemma is to make a double bond between carbon and each O atom: each O atom still has eight electrons around it, but now C atom also has complete octet. This is an acceptable Lewis electron dot diagram for CO 2. What is the proper Lewis electron dot diagram for carbonyl sulfide?


9.3 Covalent Bonds

Ionic bonding typically occurs when it is easy for one atom to lose one or more electrons and another atom to gain one or more electrons. However, some atoms wont give up or gain electrons easily. Yet they still participate in compound formation. How? There is another mechanism for obtaining a complete valence shell: sharing electrons. When electrons are shared between two atoms, they make a bond called covalent bond, chemical bond formed by two atoms sharing electrons. Let us illustrate covalent bond by using h atoms, with understanding that h atoms need only two electrons to fill s subshell. Each H atom starts with a single electron in its valence shell: we can use circles to show that each H atom has two electrons around the nucleus, completely filling each atoms valence shell: because each H atom has filled valence shell, this bond is stable, and we have made diatomic hydrogen molecule. For simplicity sake, it is not unusual to represent a covalent bond with dash, instead of with two dots: because two atoms are sharing one pair of electrons, this covalent bond is called a single bond covalent bond composed of one pair of electrons. As another example, consider fluorine. F atoms have seven electrons in their valence shell: these two atoms can do the same thing that h atoms do; they share their unpaired electrons to make a covalent bond. Note that each F atom has a complete octet around it now: we can also write this using dash to represent share electron pair: there are two different types of electrons in fluorine diatomic molecule. Bonding electron pair pair of electrons that make covalent bond. Make covalent bond. Each F atom has three other pairs of electrons that do not participate in bonding; they are called lone electron pair pair of electrons that do not make covalent bond. Each F atom has one bonding pair and three lone pairs of electrons. Covalent bonds can be made between different elements as well. One example is HF. Each atom starts out with an odd number of electrons in its valence shell: two atoms can share their unpaired electrons to make a covalent bond: we note that the H atom has a full valence shell with two electrons, while the F atom has a complete octet of electrons. More than two atoms can participate in covalent bonding, although any given covalent bond will be between two atoms only. Consider H and O atoms: H and o atoms can share electrons to form covalent bond: Hs atom has a complete valence shell. However, O atom has only seven electrons around it, which is not a complete octet.

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Fullerene Chemistry

The first law of thermodynamics states that energy can be transferred or transform, but cannot be created or destroy. Thermodynamics is study of heat energy and other types of energy, such as work, and various ways energy is transferred within chemical systems. Thermo - refers to heat, while dynamics refers to motion. The first law of thermodynamics deals with the total amount of energy in the universe. Law states that this total amount of energy is constant. In other words, there has always been, and always will be, exactly the same amount of energy in the universe. Energy exists in many different forms. According to the first law of thermodynamics, energy can be transferred from place to place or change between different forms, but it cannot be created or destroy. Transfers and transformations of energy take place around the US all the time. For instance, light bulbs transform electrical energy into light energy, and gas stoves transform chemical energy from natural gas into heat energy. Plants perform one of the most biologically useful transformations of energy on Earth: they convert energy of sunlight into chemical energy stored within organic molecules. Thermodynamics often divides the universe into two categories: system and its surroundings. In chemistry, system almost always refers to giving chemical reaction and the container in which it takes place. The first law of thermodynamics tells US that energy can neither be created nor destroy, so we know that energy that is absorbed in endothermic chemical reaction must have been lost from surroundings. Conversely, in exothermic reaction, heat that is released in reaction is given off and absorbed by surroundings. State mathematically, we have: We know that chemical systems can either absorb heat from their surroundings, if the reaction is endothermic, or release heat to their surroundings, if the reaction is exothermic. However, chemical reactions are often used to do work instead of just exchanging heat. For instance, when rocket fuel burns and causes the space shuttle to lift off from the ground, chemical reaction, by propelling rocket, is doing work by applying force over distance. If youve ever witnessed video of the space shuttle lifting off, chemical reactions that occur also release tremendous amounts of heat and light. Another useful form of the first law of thermodynamics relates to heat and work for change in energy of the internal system: {matheq}\Delta E_{sys} = Q + W{endmatheq} While this formulation is more commonly used in physics, it is still important to know for chemistry. Both heat and work refer to processes by which energy is transferred to or from substance. When energy is exchanged between thermodynamic systems by thermal interaction, transfer of energy is called heat. Units of heat are therefore units of energy, or joules. Heat is transferred by conduction, convection, and / or radiation. Heat is transferred by conduction occurs when an object with high thermal energy comes into contact with an object with low thermal energy.


Key Concepts and Summary

Lewis dot symbols provide a simple rationalization of why elements form compounds with observed stoichiometries. The plot of overall energy of covalent bond as function of internuclear distance is identical to the plot of ionic pair because both result from attractive and repulsive forces between charge entities. In Lewis electron structures, we encounter bonding pairs, which are shared by two atoms, and lone pairs, which are not shared between atoms. If both electrons in a covalent bond come from the same atom, bond is called a coordinate covalent bond. Lewis structures are an attempt to rationalize why certain stoichiometries are commonly observed for elements of particular families. Neutral compounds of group 14 elements typically contain four bonds around each atom, whereas neutral compounds of group 15 elements typically contain three bonds. In cases where it is possible to write more than one Lewis electron structure with octets around all nonhydrogen atoms of the compound, formal charge on each atom in alternative structures must be considered to decide which of valid structures can be excluded and which is most reasonable. Formal charge is the difference between the number of valence electrons of a free atom and the number of electrons assigned to it in a compound, where bonding electrons are divided equally between bond atoms. The Lewis structure with lowest formal charges on atoms is almost always the most stable one.


Lewis Structures

We also use Lewis symbols to indicate the formation of covalent bonds, which are shown in Lewis structures, drawings that describe bonding in molecules and polyatomic ions. For example, when two chlorine atoms form chlorine molecule, they share one pair of electrons: Lewis structure indicates that each atom has three pairs of electrons that are not used in bonding and one share pair of electrons. Dash is sometimes used to indicate shared pair of electrons: single shared pair of electrons is called single bond. Each atom interacts with eight valence electrons: six in lone pairs and two in single bond.


Lewis Symbols

We use Lewis symbols to describe valence electron configurations of atoms and monatomic ions. Lewis symbols {: Data - type = term} Consist of an elemental symbol surrounded by one dot for each of its valence electrons: shows Lewis symbols for elements of the third period of the periodic table. Lewis symbols can also be used to illustrate formation of cations from atoms, as shown here for sodium and calcium: Likewise, they can be used to show formation of anions from atoms, as shown here for chlorine and sulfur: demonstrates use of Lewis symbols to show transfer of electrons during formation of ionic compounds.

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Exercises

Table

ElementFirst Ionization Energy (kJ/mol)Second Ionization Energy (kJ/mol)
K4193050
Ca5901140

Write resonance forms that describe the distribution of electrons in each of these molecules or ions. Selenium dioxide, OSeO nitrate ion, {matheq}{NO3-}{endmatheq} nitric acid, HNO 3 benzene, C 6 H 6: sulfur dioxide, SO 2 carbonate ion, {matheq}{CO3^2-}{endmatheq} hydrogen carbonate ion, {matheq}{HCO3-}{endmatheq} pyridine: write resonance forms of ozone, O 3, component of the upper atmosphere that protects Earth from ultraviolet radiation. Sodium nitrite, which has been used to preserve bacon and other meats, is an ionic compound. Write resonance forms of nitrite ion, {matheq}{NO2-}{endmatheq} in terms of bonds present, explains why acetic acid, CH 3 CO 2 H, contains two distinct types of carbon - Oxygen bonds, whereas acetate ion, formed by loss of hydrogen ion from acetic acid, only contains one type of carbon - Oxygen bond. Skeleton structures of these species are show: write Lewis structures as following, and include resonance structures where appropriate. Indicate which has the strongest carbon - oxygen bond. Co 2 CO CO has the strongest carbon - Oxygen bond because there is a triple bond joining C and O. Co 2 has double bonds. Toothpastes containing sodium hydrogen carbonate and hydrogen peroxide are widely used Write Lewis structures for hydrogen carbonate ion and hydrogen peroxide molecule, with resonance forms where appropriate. Determine formal charge of each element in following: HCl CF 4 PCl 3 PF 5 H 3 O + {matheq}{SO4^2-}{endmatheq} NH 3 {matheq}{O2^2-}{endmatheq} H 2 O 2 calculates the formal charge of chlorine in Molecules Cl 2, BeCl 2, and ClF 5. Cl in Cl 2: 0; Cl in BeCl 2: 0; Cl in ClF 5: 0 calculate formal charge of each element in the following compounds and ions: F 2 CO NO {matheq}{BF4-}{endmatheq} {matheq}{SnCl3-}{endmatheq} H 2 CCH 2 ClF 3 SeF 6 {matheq}{PO4^3-}{endmatheq} draw all possible Resonance structures for each of these compounds. Determine formal charge on each atom in each of the resonance structures: O 3 SO 2 {matheq}{NO2-}{endmatheq} {matheq}{CO3^2-}{endmatheq} based on formal charge considerations, which of the following would likely be correct arrangement of atoms in nitrosyl chloride: ClNO or ClON? Base on formal charge considerations, which of the following would likely be the correct arrangement of atoms in hypochlorous acid: HOCl or OClH? Base on formal charge considerations, which of the following would likely be the correct arrangement of atoms in sulfur dioxide: OSO or SOO? Draw structure of hydroxylamine, H 3 NO, and assign formal charges; look up structure. Is actual structure consistent with formal charges? A structure that gives zero formal charges is consistent with the actual structure: iodine forms a series of fluorides. Write Lewis structures for each of four compounds and determine the formal charge of iodine atom in each molecule: IF IF 3 IF 5 IF 7 write Lewis Structure and chemical formula of compound with a molar mass of about 70 g / mol that contains 19. 7% nitrogen and 80. 3% fluorine by mass, and determine formal charge of atoms in this compound.

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H 2 O

We begin our discussion of the relationship between structure and bonding in covalent compounds by describing the interaction between two identical neutral atomsfor, example, H 2 molecule, which contains purely covalent bond. Each hydrogen atom in H 2 contains one electron and one proton, with the electron attracted to the proton by electrostatic forces. As two hydrogen atoms are brought together, additional interactions must be considered figure: electrons in two atoms repel each other because they have the same charge. Similarly, protons in adjacent atoms repel each other. An electron in one atom is attracted to oppositely charged protons in other atom and vice versa. Recall that it is impossible to specify precisely the position of electron in either hydrogen atom. Hence, quantum mechanical probability distributions must be used Plot of potential energy of system as function of internuclear distance figure: shows that system becomes more stable as two hydrogen atoms move toward each other from r =, until energy reaches minimum at r = r 0. Thus, at intermediate distances, proton - electron attractive interactions dominate, but as distance becomes very short, electron - electron and proton - proton repulsive interactions cause energy of the system to increase rapidly. Notice the similarity between Figures: and: which describe a system containing two oppositely charge ions. The shapes of energy versus distance curves in two figures are similar because they both result from attractive and repulsive forces between charge entities. At long distances, both attractive and repulsive interactions are small. As the distance between atoms decreases, attractive electron - proton interactions dominate, and energy of system decreases. At observed bond distance, repulsive electron - electron and proton - proton interactions just balance attractive interactions, preventing further decrease in internuclear distance. At very short internuclear distances, repulsive interactions dominate, making the system less stable than isolated atoms. Neutral hydrogen atom has one valence electron. Each hydrogen atom in molecule shares one pair of bonding electrons and is therefore assigned one electron [0 Nonbonding E +]. Using Equation to calculate formal charge on hydrogen, we obtain calculate formal charges on each atom of NH 4 + ion. Identify the number of valence electrons in each atom in NH 4 + ion. Use Lewis electron structure of NH 4 + to identify the number of bonding and nonbonding electrons associated with each atom and then use Equation to calculate the formal charge on each atom. The Lewis electron structure for NH 4 + ion is as follow: nitrogen atom shares four bonding pairs of electrons, and the neutral nitrogen atom has five valence electrons. Using Equation, formal charge on nitrogen atom is therefore {matheq} formal\; charge\left ( N \right )=5-\left ( 0+\dfrac{8}{2} \right )=0 {endmatheq} Each hydrogen atom has one bonding pair.

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OCl

The first exception to the Octet Rule is when there is an odd number of Valence Electrons. An example of this would be Nitrogen oxide. Nitrogen has 5 Valence Electrons while Oxygen has 6. Total would be 11 Valence Electrons to be used. The Octet Rule for this molecule is fulfil in the above example, however that is with 10 Valence Electrons. The last one does not know where to go. A lone electron is called an unpaired electron. But where should unpaired electron go? Unpaired electron is usually placed in the Lewis Dot Structure SO that each element in the structure will have the lowest formal charge possible. Formal charge is perceive charge on individual atoms in molecule when atoms do not contribute equal numbers of electrons to bonds they participate in. The formula for finding formal charge is: NO formal charge at all is an ideal situation. An example of a stable molecule with an odd number of Valence Electrons would be Nitrogen monoxide. Nitrogen monoxide has 11 Valence Electrons. If you need more information about formal charges, see Lewis Structures. If we were to imagine Nitrogen monoxide had ten Valence Electrons, we would come up with the Lewis Structure: Figure 8. 71. This is if Nitrogen monoxide has only ten Valence Electrons, which it does not. Let's look at the formal charges of Figure 8. 72 based on this Lewis Structure. Nitrogen normally has five Valence Electrons. In Figure 8. 71, it has two lone pair electrons and it participates in two bonds with Oxygen. This results in Nitrogen having a formal charge of + 1. Oxygen normally has six Valence Electrons. In Figure 8. 71, Oxygen has four lone pair electrons and it participates in two bonds with Nitrogen. Oxygen therefore has a formal charge of 0. Overall, molecule here has a formal charge of + 1. However, if we add an eleventh electron to Nitrogen, it will bring both Nitrogen and molecule's overall charges to zero, most ideal formal charge situation. That is exactly what is do to get the correct Lewis Structure for Nitrogen monoxide: Figure 8. 72. Proper Lewis Structure for NO molecules


The Octet Rule

Other halogen molecules form bonds like those in chlorine molecule: one single bond between atoms and three lone pairs of electrons per atom. This allows each halogen atom to have a noble gas electron configuration. The tendency of main group atoms to form enough bonds to obtain eight valence electrons is known as the octet rule. The number of bonds that atom can form can often be predicted from the number of electrons needed to reach octet; this is especially true of nonmetals of second period of the periodic table. For example, each atom of group 14 elements has four electrons in its outermost shell and therefore requires four more electrons to reach the octet. These four electrons can be gained by forming four covalent bonds, as illustrated here for carbon in CCl 4 and silicon in SiH 4. Because hydrogen only needs two electrons to fill its valence shell, it is an exception to the octet rule. Transition elements and inner transition elements also do not follow the octet rule: group 15 elements such as nitrogen have five valence electrons in atomic Lewis symbol: one lone pair and three unpaired electrons. To obtain octet, these atoms form three covalent bonds, as in NH 3. Oxygen and other atoms in group 16 obtain octets by forming two covalent bonds:

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Formal Charges

The Lewis electron dot diagram is a representation of valence electrons of an atom that uses dots around the symbol of element. Electrons exist outside of the atoms nucleus and are found at principal energy levels that contain only up to a specific number of electrons. The principal energy level that contains electrons is called valence level and contains valence electrons. Lewis Symbols and formulas use dots to visually represent valence electrons of an atom and can be used to represent covalent bonds as share pairs of electrons between atoms. Lewis Symbols do not visualize electrons at inner principal energy levels. The number of dots equals the number of valence electrons in an atom. These dots are arranged to right and left and above and below the symbol, with no more than two dots per side. When drawing more complex covalent compounds, we need to also consider formal charge and resonance structures of each compound. For example, Lewis electron dot diagram for calcium is simple. Lewis Symbols can also be used to illustrate the formation of cations from atoms, as shown here for sodium and calcium: likewise, they can be used to show the formation of anions from atoms, as shown below for chlorine and sulfur: when considering how atoms come together to form covalent bonds We need to consider Lewis diagrams Which can illustrate how atoms come together to share Pairs of electrons. Two h atoms can come together and share each of their electrons to create a covalent Bond. Share pair of electrons can be think of as belonging to either atom and thus, each atom now has two electrons at its valence level. In many atoms, not all electron pairs comprising octets are shared between atoms. These unshared, non - bonding electrons are called Lone Pairs of electrons. Although Lone Pairs are not directly involved in Bond formation, they should always be shown in Lewis Structures. Write structural diagram of a molecule to clearly show which atom is connected to which. Draw Lewis Symbols of individual atoms in molecule. Bring atoms together in a way that places eight electrons around each atom wherever possible. Each pair of shared electrons is a covalent bond that can be represented by dash. Lewis Structures can also be draw for polyatomic ions. Lewis structure of ion is placed in brackets and its charge is written as superscript outside of the brackets, on upper right. Ions are treated almost the same way as molecules with no charge. However, number of electrons must be adjusted to account for net electric charge of ion. When counting electrons, negative ions should have extra electrons in their Lewis structures, while positive ions should have fewer electrons than uncharged molecule. Although we know how many valence electrons are present in compound, it is harder to determine around which atoms electrons actually reside.


Lewis Structures

To draw the Lewis structure, number of valence electrons on each atom in the compound must be determine. The total number of valence electrons in an entire compound is equal to the sum of valence electrons of each atom in the compound. Non - valence electrons are not represented when drawing Lewis structures. Valence electrons are placed as lone pairs around each atom. Most atoms may have incomplete octet of electrons. However, atoms can share electrons with each other to fulfill this octet requirement. A bond that shares two electrons is called a single bond and is signified by a straight, horizontal line. If the octet rule is still not satisfactory, atoms may form double or triple bond. Because the bonding pair is share, atom that had lone pair still has octet, and the other atom gains two or more electrons in its valence shell. For example, CO 2 is a neutral molecule with 16 total valence electrons. In the Lewis structure, carbon should be double - bond to both oxygen atoms. Lewis structures can also be drawn for ions. In these cases, entire structure is placed in brackets, and charge is written as superscript on the upper right, outside of the bracket.


Resonance Structures

Resonance structures depict possible electronic configurations; actual configuration is a combination of possible variations. Lewis dot structures can be drawn to visualize electrons and bonds of certain molecule.S However, for some molecules, not all bonding possibilities cannot be represented by a single Lewis structure; these molecules have several contributing or resonance structures. In chemistry terms, resonance describes the fact that electrons delocalize, or flow freely through molecule, which allows multiple structures to be possible for give molecule. Each contributing resonance structure can be visualized by drawing the Lewis structure; however, it is important to note that each of these structures cannot actually be observed in nature. That is, molecules do not actually go back and forth between these configurations; rather, true structure is approximate intermediate between each of structures. This intermediate has overall lower energy than each of possible configurations and is referred to as a resonance hybrid. It is important to note that the difference between each structure lies in the location of electrons and not in the arrangement of atoms.

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