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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 an oppositely charged proton in the 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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Lewis Structures for Polyatomic Ions

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 sometimes used to indicate shared pair of electrons: single shared pair of electrons is called a single bond. Each Cl atom interacts with eight valence electrons: six in lone pairs and two in single bond.

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How to draw Lewis Diagrams

Table

N5
O (x 3)18
charge1
24

The following is an example of how to draw the best Lewis Structure for NO 3 -. First, determine the total number of Valence Electrons in molecule. This will be the sum of the group number of all atoms plus charge. Draw skeletal structure for molecule which connects all atoms using only single bonds. Central atom will be one that can form the greatest number of bonds and / or expand its octet. This usually means atom lower and / or to the right in Periodic Table, N in this case. Now we need to add lone pairs of electrons. Of 24 Valence Electrons available in NO 3 -, 6 were used to make skeletal structure. Add lone pairs of electrons on terminal atoms until their octet is complete or you run out of electrons. If there are remaining electrons, they can be used to complete the octet of the central atom. If you have run out of electrons, you are required to use lone pairs of electrons from the terminal atom to complete octet on the central atom by forming multiple bond. In this case, N is short for 2 Electrons, so we can use lone pair from leave most O atom to form a double bond and complete octet on N atom. Now you need to determine FORMAL CHARGES for all of the atoms. Formal charge is calculated by: -, ie see figure below. No Lewis Structure is complete without FORMAL CHARGES. In general, you want: fewest number of FORMAL CHARGES possible, ie FORMAL CHARGES of 0 for as many atoms in structure as possible. Formal CHARGES should match the electronegativity of atom, that is negative CHARGES should be on more electronegative atoms and positive CHARGES on least electronegative atoms if possible. Charges of - 1 and + 1 on adjacent atoms can usually be removed by using lone pair of electrons from - 1 atom to form a double bond to an atom with a + 1 charge. Note: octet can be expanded beyond 8 Electrons but only for atoms in Period 3 or below in Periodic Table. In our present example, N can not expand beyond 8 Electrons so retain FORMAL charge of + 1, but S atom below can expand its octet. You have determined the best Lewis Structure for NO 3 -, but there are a number of ways to show this structure. Although it is most common to use lines to indicate bonding pair of Electrons they can be shown as Electrons, see left most image below. It is also common to show only net charge on ion rather than all of FORMAL CHARGES, ie see right most figure below. Why are there different ways of the same Lewis Structure? It depends what you want to show.

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The {matheq}OCl^−{endmatheq} Ion

Ncl 3 S 2 2 NOCl Uses six - step procedure to write Lewis electron structure for each species. Nitrogen is less electronegative than chlorine, and halogen atoms are usually terminal, so nitrogen is the central atom. The nitrogen atom has 5 valence electrons and each chlorine atom has 7 valence electrons, for a total of 26 valence electrons. Using 2 electrons for each N - Cl bond and adding three lone pairs to each Cl accounts for + = 24 electrons. Rule 5 leads us to place the remaining 2 electrons on central N: nitrogen trichloride is an unstable oily liquid once used to bleach flour; this use is now prohibited in the United States. Calculate formal charges on each atom in NH 4 + ion. Identify the number of valence electrons in each atom in NH 4 + ion. Use the Lewis electron structure of NH 4 + to identify the number of bonding and nonbonding electrons associated with each atom and then use Equation 4. 41 to Calculate 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 4. 41, formal charge on nitrogen atom is therefore f O r m l C H r g e = 5 = 0. Each hydrogen atom has one bonding pair. The formal charge on each hydrogen atom is therefore f O r m l C H r g e = 1 = 0 formal charges on atoms in NH 4 + ion are Thus, adding together formal charges on atoms should give us total charge on molecule or ion. In this case, sum of formal charges is 0 + 1 + 0 + 0 + 0 = + 1. Thiocyanate ion, which is used in printing and as a corrosion inhibitor against acidic gases, has at least two possible Lewis electron structures. Draw two possible structures, assign formal charges on all atoms in both, and decide which is the preferred arrangement of electrons. Ask for: Lewis electron structures, formal charges, and preferred arrangement Use step - by - step procedure to write two plausible Lewis electron structures for SCN. B Calculate formal charge on each atom using Equation 4. 41. C Predict which structure is preferred based on formal charge on each atom and its electronegativity relative to other atoms present. Possible Lewis structures for SCN ion are as follow: b We must calculate formal charges on each atom to identify a more stable structure. If we begin with carbon, we notice that the carbon atom in each of these structures shares four bonding pairs, number of bonds typical for carbon, so it has a formal charge of zero.

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The {matheq}CH_2O{endmatheq} Molecule

First, write Lewis structure for {matheq}O_2{endmatheq} there is double bond between two oxygen atoms; therefore, bond order of molecule is 2. 2. The Lewis structure for NO 3 - is given below: to find the bond order of this molecule, take average of bond orders. N = O has a bond order of two, and both N - O bonds have a bond order of one. Adding these together and dividing by number of bonds reveals that the bond order of nitrate is 1. 33. 3. To find carbon - nitrogen bond length in HCN, draw the Lewis structure of HCN. The bond between carbon and nitrogen is a triple bond, and the triple bond between carbon and nitrogen has a bond length of approximately 60 + 54 = 114 pm. 4. From Lewis structures for CO 2 and CO, there is a double bond between carbon and oxygen in CO 2 and a triple bond between carbon and oxygen in CO. Referring to the table above, double bond between carbon and oxygen has a bond length of approximately 67 + 57 = 124 pm and the triple bond between carbon and oxygen has a bond length of approximately 60 + 53 = 113 pm. Therefore, bond length is greater in CO 2. Another method makes use of the fact that more electron bonds between atoms, tighter electrons pull atoms together. Therefore, bond length is greater in CO 2. 5. To find nitrogen - to - fluorine bond length in NF 3, draw Lewis structure. The bond between fluorine and nitrogen is a single bond. From the table above, single bond between fluorine and nitrogen has a bond length of approximately 64 + 71 = 135 pm.

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Formal Charges

Draw, interpret, and convert between Lewis, condense, and Bond - line structure Lewis Structures, also know as Lewis - dot diagrams, show bonding relationship between atoms of molecule and lone pairs of electrons in molecule. While it can be helpful initially to write individual share electrons, this approach quickly becomes awkward. A single line is used to represent one pair of shared electrons. Line representations are only used for shared electrons. Lone pair electrons are still shown as individual electrons. Double and triple bonds can also be communicated with lines as shown below. 2 share electrons form single Bond show as: or - 4 share electrons form double Bond show as: or = 6 share electrons form triple Bond show as: or unshared electrons are also called Lone Pairs and are shown as: since lone pair electrons are often not shown in chemical structures, it is important to see mentally add Lone Pairs. In the beginning, it can be helpful to physically add lone pair of electrons. For organic chemistry, common bonding patterns of carbon, oxygen, and nitrogen have useful applications when evaluating chemical structures and reactivity.


Resonance

For example, nitrate ion, NO 3 -, has more than one valid Lewis structure. The structure contains two N - O single bonds and one N = O double bond. But questions then remain as to which oxygen should be involved in double bond. Therefore, three valid resonance structures can be draw. Double - end arrows are used to indicate that structures are chemically equivalent. Again, in reality, electronic configuration does not change between three structures; rather, it has one structure in which extra electrons are distributed evenly. These fractional bonds are sometimes depicted by dashed arrows, which show that electron density is spread out throughout the compound.

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CO 2

In the formation of CO 2, there are two particles; Carbon, and Oxygen. Carbon is in group 4 and Oxygen is in group 6. Moreover, there are 2 Oxygen.S So CO 2 = 4 + 6 = 16. So, total Valence electrons are 16. Carbon is the least electronegative that means it stays at the center. So, put Carbon in the middle and then set Oxygen either side of that! Here you can see some chemical bonds. Now, let put a pair of electrons between each of these Oxygen.S It will look like this: we have use 4. After that, complete octets on outer Shell. Now, let's check and see if we have octets. Oxygen on your right has 8. The Oxygen on your left has 8. So, they both have octets. And Carbon only has 4 Valence electrons; it doesnt have octets. Okay, its time to share these nonbonding electrons between both atoms! It will look like this. Start by considering the oxygen atom. As you can see, Oxygen has 8 electrons. So, that is perfect. And Carbon has 6; which is little bit closer. Now, repeat the same process to other Oxygen Electron. Lets take some electrons and share them on other side so that Oxygen can have 8 and Carbon can have 6. Finally, we have a complete octet. We have used 16 Valence electrons in total. You can also write it as a structural formula, and that would look like this: in this structural formula, such two lines are the same as these two pairs of Valence electrons. I hope you are clear with Lewis Structure. Now, let's discuss hybridization of Carbon Dioxide.

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Summary

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. Some molecules have two or more chemically equivalent Lewis electron structures, called resonance structures. These structures are written with double - head arrow between them, indicating that none of Lewis ' structures accurately describes bonding but that the actual structure is an average of individual resonance structures.

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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 atoms 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 periodic table. For example, each atom OF group 14 element has four electrons in its outermost shell and therefore requires four more electrons to reach 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 Octet by forming two covalent bonds:


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. Overlap 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.


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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Double and Triple Bonds

Double and triple bonds can be explained by orbital hybridization, or mixing of atomic orbitals to form new hybrid orbitals. Hybridization describes bonding situation from a specific atom's point of view. The combination of s and p orbitals results in the formation of hybrid orbitals. Newly formed hybrid orbitals all have the same energy and have specific geometrical arrangement in space that agree with observed bonding geometry in molecules. Hybrid orbitals are denoted as sp x, where s and p denote orbitals used for the mixing process, and the value of superscript x ranges from 1 - 3, depending on how many p orbitals are required to explain observed bonding.

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Example 3

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?

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