Chapter 9.6-9.7 student version

Chapter 9.6-9.7 student version - Writing Lewis Structures...

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1. Draw skeletal structure of compound showing what atoms are bonded to each other. Put least electronegative element in the center. 2. Count total number of valence e - . Add 1 for each negative charge. Subtract 1 for each positive charge. 3. Complete an octet for all atoms except hydrogen 4. If structure contains too many electrons, form double and triple bonds on central atom as needed. Writing Lewis Structures 9.6
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Example: write the Lewis structure of nitrogen trifluoride (NF 3 ). Step 1 – N is less electronegative than F, put N in center Step 2 – Count valence electrons N - 5 (2s 2 2p 3 ) and F - 7 (2s 2 2p 5 ) 5 + (3 x 7) = 26 valence electrons Step 3 – Draw single bonds between N and F atoms and complete octets on N and F atoms. Step 4 - Check, are # of e - in structure equal to number of valence e - ? 3 single bonds (3x2) + 10 lone pairs (10x2) = 26 valence electrons 9.6 F N F F
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Example: write the Lewis structure of the carbonate ion (CO 3 2- ).
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This note was uploaded on 02/20/2012 for the course CHEM 1230 taught by Professor Anderson during the Spring '08 term at Toledo.

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Chapter 9.6-9.7 student version - Writing Lewis Structures...

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