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Nasa's Cassini - Huygens mission detected a large cloud of toxic hydrogen cyanide on Titan, one of Saturn's moons. Titan also contains ethane, acetylene, and ammonia. What are Lewis structures of these molecules? Hcn: + = 10 H 3 CCH 3: + = 14 HCCH: + = 10 NH 3: + = 8 Draw skeleton and connect atoms with single bonds. Remember that H is never central atom: HCN: six electrons located on N H 3 CCH 3: no electrons remain HCCH: no terminal atoms capable of accepting electrons. Nh 3: no terminal atoms capable of accepting electrons. Hcn: no electrons remain H 3 CCH 3: no electrons remain HCCH: four electrons placed on carbon NH 3: two electrons placed on nitrogen where needed to rearrange electrons to form multiple bonds in order to obtain octets on each atom: HCN: form two more C - N bonds H 3 CCH 3: all atoms have correct number of electrons HCCH: form triple bond between two carbon atoms NH 3: all atoms have correct number of electrons carbon soot has been know to man since prehistoric times, but it was not until fairly recently that molecular structure of main component of soot was discover. In 1996, Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to Richard Smalley, Robert Curl, and Harold Kroto for their work in discovering a new form of carbon, C 60 buckminsterfullerene molecule. Entire classes of compounds, including spheres and tubes of various shapes, were discovered based on C 60. This type of molecule, called fullerene, consists of a complex network of single - and double - bond carbon atoms arranged in such a way that each carbon atom obtains full octet of electrons. Because of their size and shape, fullerenes can encapsulate other molecules, so they have shown potential in various applications from hydrogen storage to target drug delivery systems. They also possess unique electronic and optical properties that have been put to good use in solar powered devices and chemical sensors. Xenon is a noble gas, but it forms a number of stable compounds. We examined XeF 4 earlier. What are the Lewis structures of XeF 2 and XeF 6? We can draw the Lewis structure of any covalent molecule by following six steps discussed earlier. In this case, we can condense the last few steps, since not all of them apply. Step 2: Draw skeleton joining atoms by single bonds. Xenon will be the central atom because fluorine cannot be central atom: XeF 2: We place three lone pairs of electrons around each F atom, accounting for 12 electrons and giving each F atom 8 electrons. Thus, six electrons remain. These lone pairs must be placed on Xe atom. This is acceptable because Xe atoms have empty valence shell d orbitals and can accommodate more than eight electrons.

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Lewis Structures for Polyatomic Ions

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. Draw Lewis electron Dot Structure for sulfate ion. Step 1: List know quantities and plan problem molecular formula of sulfate ion: {matheq} {SO_4^{2-}}{endmatheq} {matheq}1 \: {S}{endmatheq} atom {matheq}= 6{endmatheq} Valence Electrons {matheq}4 \: {O}{endmatheq} atoms {matheq}= 4 \times 6 = 24{endmatheq} Valence Electrons add 2 Electrons for {matheq}2-{endmatheq} charge of ion less electronegative sulfur atom is central atom in structure. Place oxygen atoms around sulfur atom, each with a single covalent bond. Distribute lone pairs to each Oxygen atom in order to satisfy the octet rule. Count the total number of atoms. If there are too many electrons in the structure, make multiple bonds between {matheq}{S}{endmatheq} and {matheq}{O}{endmatheq} Lewis Structure for sulfate ion consists of a central sulfur atom with four single bonds to Oxygen atoms. This yields an expected total of 32 electrons. Since sulfur atom start with six Valence Electrons, two of these bonds are coordinate covalent.


Lewis Dot Structures Defined

The Periodic table has all of the information needed to draw the Lewis dot structure. Each group, or column, is indicated by roman numeral which represents the number of valence electrons. This is applicable to entire group. For example, all elements which fall within the first column, or Group I, have one valence electron. All elements in Group II have two valence electrons, all way up to VIII, eight valence electrons. Properties are also consistent across rows, or periods, of periodic table. Periods are indicated by number, 1 2 3, etc. Which represents the energy level, or shell of electrons. The First Period, or row, has only one energy level that can hold a total of two electrons. Period 2, with a second shell, can hold a total of eight electrons, also know as the octet rule. Period 3 and so forth can hold more than eight electrons. Periodic tables also convey electronegativity. Most electronegative elements are located in uppermost right corner of the period table and decrease in electronegativity as you go down Group or more left of period. Throughout drawing Lewis dot structures, periodic table will be a strong reference point when working with electrons, covalent bonding, and polyatomic ions.

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The Octet Rule

Lewis Dot Symbols can be used to predict the number of bonds formed by most elements in their compounds. One convenient way to predict number and basic arrangement OF bonds in compounds is by using Lewis electron Dot Symbols, which consist OF chemical symbol for element surrounded by dots that represent its valence of electrons, grouped into pairs often placed above, below, and to the left and right OF symbol. Structures reflect the fact that elements in Period 2 and beyond tend to gain, lose, or share electrons to reach a total OF eight valence electrons in their compounds, SO - called Octet Rule. Hydrogen, with only two valence electrons, does not obey the Octet Rule.


The Incomplete Octet

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.

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Multiple Bonds

In order to meet requirements of normal valence, it is sometimes necessary to have more than one bond, that is, more than one shared pair of electrons between two atoms. A case in point is formaldehyde, CH 2 O. In order to provide carbon with four bonds in this molecule, we must consider carbon as forming two bonds to oxygen as well as one to each of two hydrogens. At the same time, oxygen atom is also provided with two bonds. Its normal valence require: note that all four of share electrons in the carbon - oxygen bond include both an octet of carbon and an octet of oxygen. A bond involving two electron pairs is called a double bond. Occasionally, usual valences of atoms in molecules do not tell us what skeleton structure should be. For example, in carbon monoxide, CO, it is hard to see how one carbon atom can be matched with a single oxygen atom. In cases like this, where valences appear to be incompatible, counting valence electrons usually leads to a structure which satisfies the octet rule. A carbon has 4 valence electrons and oxygen has 6, for a total of 10. We want to arrange these 10 electrons into two octets, but two separate groups of 8 electrons would require 16 electrons. Only by sharing 16 - 10, or 6, electrons can we satisfy the octet rule. This leads to a structure where three pairs of electrons are shared between two atoms, and we have a triple bond. Double and triple bonds are not merely devices for helping to fit Lewis diagrams into octet theory. They have objective existence, and their presence on molecules often has profound effect on how they react with other molecules. Triple bonds are invariably shorter than double bonds, which in turn are shorter than single bonds. For instance, carbon - oxygen distance is 114 pm, in it is 121 pm, while in both ethyl alcohol and dimethyl ether and methanol it is 142 pm. Below are 3 - D Jmol images of carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, and methanol, to compare the difference in bond length with. This agrees with the wave - mechanical picture of chemical bonds as being caused by concentration of electron density between nuclei. More pairs of electrons which are share, greater density and more closely atoms are pulled together. In line with this, we would also expect multiple bonds to be stronger than single bonds. Indeed, bond energy of CO is found experimentally to be 360 kJ mol - 1, while that of is 736 kJ mol - 1, and that of is gigantic 1072 kJ mol - 1. Triple bond in carbon monoxide turns out to be the strongest known covalent bond. The formation of double and triple bonds is not as widespread among atoms of periodic table as one might expect.

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Electron-deficient Molecules

Molecules with atoms that possess less than an octet of electrons generally contain lighter s - and P - block elements, especially beryllium, typically with just four electrons around the central atom, and boron, typically with six. One example, boron trichloride is used to produce fibers for reinforcing high - tech tennis rackets and golf clubs. The compound has 24 valence electrons and follows the Lewis structure: boron atom has only six valence electrons, while each chlorine atom has eight. A reasonable solution might be to use lone pair from one of the chlorine atoms to form a B - to - Cl double bond: this resonance structure, however, results in a formal charge of + 1 on doubly bond Cl atom and 1 on B atom. High electronegativity of Cl makes this separation of charge unlikely and suggests that this is not the most important resonance structure for BCl 3. This conclusion is shown to be valid based on three equivalent B - Cl bond lengths of 173 pm that have NO double bond character. Electron - deficient compounds such as BCl 3 have a strong tendency to gain additional pairs of electrons by reacting with species with lone pair of electrons.


8.6 Exceptions to the Octet Rule

We will also encounter a few molecules that contain central atoms that do not have fill valence shell. Generally, these are molecules with central atoms from groups 2 and 13, outer atoms that are hydrogen, or other atoms that do not form multiple bonds. For example, in Lewis structures of beryllium dihydride, and boron trifluoride, beryllium and boron atoms each have only four and six electrons, respectively. It is possible to draw a structure with a double bond between boron atom and fluorine atom in, satisfying the octet rule, but experimental evidence indicates bond lengths are closer to that expected for B - F single bonds. This suggests the best Lewis structure has three B - F single bonds and electron deficient boron. Reactivity of compound is also consistent with electron deficient boron. However, B - F bonds are slightly shorter than what is actually expected for B - F single bonds, indicating that some double bond characters are found in actual molecule. Atom like boron atom which does not have eight electrons, is very reactive. It readily combines with molecule containing atom with a lone pair of electrons. For example, react with because lone pair of nitrogen can be shared with boron atom:


Lewis Structures

For very simple molecules and molecular ions, we can write Lewis structures by merely pairing up unpaired electrons on constituent atoms. See these examples: For more complicated molecules and molecular ions, it is helpful to follow the step - by - step procedure outlined here: determining total number of valence electrons. For cations, subtract one electron for each positive charge. For anions, add one electron for each negative charge. Draw skeleton structure of a molecule or ion, arranging atoms around the central atom. Connect each atom to the central atom with a single bond. Distribute remaining electrons as lone pairs on terminal atoms, completing octet around each atom. Place all remaining electrons on the central atom. Rearrange electrons OF outer atoms to make multiple bonds with central atom in order to obtain octets wherever possible. Let us determine Lewis structures OF, and as example in following this procedure: determine the total number OF valence electrons in molecule or ion. For molecule, we add the number OF valence electrons on each atom in molecule: SiH 4 Si: 4 valence electrons / atom 1 atom = 4 + H: 1 valence electron / atom 4 atoms = 4 = 8 valence electrons. For negative ion, we add the number OF valence electrons on atoms to the number OF negative charges on ion: CHO 2 - C: 4 valence electrons / atom 1 atom = 4 H: 1 valence electrons / atom 1 atom = 1 O: 6 valence electrons / atom 2 & atoms = 12 + 1 additional electron = 18 valence electrons For positive ion, such as, we add number OF valence electrons on atoms in ion and then subtract number OF positive charges on ion from total number OF valence electrons: NO + N: 5 valence electrons / atom 1 atom = 5 O: 6 valence electrons / atom 1 atom = 6 + - 1 electron = 10 valence electrons Since is neutral molecule, we simply add number OF valence electrons: OF 2 O: 6 valence electrons / atom 1 atom = 6 + F: 7 valence electrons / atom 2 atoms = 14 = 20 valence electrons Draw skeleton structure OF molecule or ion, arranging atoms around central atom and connecting each atom to central atom with single bond. When several arrangements OF atoms are possible, as For, we must use experimental evidence to choose the correct one. In general, less electronegative elements are more likely to be central atoms. In, less electronegative carbon atoms occupy central position with oxygen and hydrogen atoms surrounding them. Other examples include In, In, and In. The exception is that hydrogen is almost never the central atom. Like most electronegative element,ss fluorine also cannot be central atom. Distribute remaining electrons as lone pairs on terminal atoms to complete their valence shells with octet OF electrons.

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Hypervalent Molecules

Nasa's Cassini - Huygens mission detected a large cloud of toxic hydrogen cyanide on Titan, one of Saturn's moons. Titan also contains ethane, acetylene, and ammonia. What are Lewis structures of these molecules? Calculate the number of valence electrons. Hcn: + = 10H 3 CCH 3: + = 14HCCH: + = 10NH 3: + = 8 Draw skeleton and connect atoms with single bonds. Remember that H is never a central atom: Where needed to distribute electrons to terminal atoms: HCN: six electrons placed on NH 3 CCH 3: no electrons remainHCCH: no terminal atoms capable of accepting electronsNH 3: no terminal atoms capable of accepting electrons where needed to place remaining electrons on central atom: HCN: no electrons remainH 3 CCH 3: no electrons remainHCCH: four electrons place on carbonNH 3: two electrons place on nitrogen Where need, rearrange electrons to form Multiple bonds in order to obtain octet on each atom: HCN: form two more C - N bondsH 3 CCH 3: all atoms have correct number of electronsHCCH: form triple bond between two carbon atomsNH 3: all atoms have correct number of electrons test yourself Both carbon monoxide, CO, and carbon dioxide, CO 2, are products of combustion of fossil fuels. Both of these gases also cause problems: CO is toxic and CO 2 has been implicated in global climate change. What are Lewis structures of these two molecules?


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 Cl atom has three pairs OF electrons that are not used in bonding and one share pair of electrons. Dash is usually used to indicate share pair of electrons: in the Lewis model, single share pair of electrons is single bond. Each Cl atom interacts with eight valence electrons in total: six in lone pairs and two in single bond.


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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Lewis Structures Vs. Real Molecules

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Draw out the correct Lewis Structure for the following compounds. Hcn LiF C 3 H 6 CO 3 2 - CH 3 NO 2 Another simple and general procedure to draw Lewis structures has been proposed by ABP Lever. Before beginning this procedure, it is necessary to know the basic geometry of a molecule, ie whether it is cyclic or noncyclic, and which atoms are connected to which. Several work examples for determination of Lewis structures of simple and more complicated species using the above described method can be found in the original paper and on Chemistry Net.

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