Questions tagged [lewis-structure]

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Lewis structure and bond order of polyiodides

I am trying to draw the lewis structure of triiodide, pentaiodide and heptaiodide-anions. But I am not sure about them, especially not about the heptaiodide-anion (see image). The second question is,...
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Provide a condensed structure for the following compound [closed]

I keep getting, (CH3)3CCH2CH2CHNH2CHCHCH3. However, the homework system keeps counting it as incorrect, and I don't know what part is incorrect. Thanks for the help!
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What will be the Lewis acid and Lewis base in the reactions between aluminium(III) aqua complex and hydroxide?

$\ce{Al^3+}$ in water will be hydrated, formed a complex ion $\ce{[Al(H2O)6]^3+(aq)}$ that can neutralize hydroxide ion according to the following reactions: $$ \begin{align} \ce{[Al(H2O)6]^3+ + ...
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Why do the resonance structures of carbon-monoxide not show complete octet and not contain the same number of unpaired electrons?

I came across the resonance structures of carbon-monoxide while studying as given on Wikimedia: Two of the rules for writing resonance structures given in my textbook states that: "the ...
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Is bonds in CO is all 3 coordinate bonds or 2 covalent and 1 coordinate bonds?

Below image is as available in India's Class 11 NCERT Chemistry book vol 1 Page 104. I am confused as it states all 3 bonds are kind of coordinate bonds. Should it not start with 2 covalent bonds and ...
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Electrons distribution of oxygen atoms in ozone [closed]

While dealing with the Lewis structure for ozone, most of the explanations show the electron distribution around the 3 oxygen atoms with a single and double bond. But if you count the number of ...
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Lewis dot structures of carbonate, nitrate and phosphate anions

According to the Lewis dot structure, which of the following anions has more than 4 bond pairs around the central atom? 1) carbonate anion 2) nitrate anion 3) phosphate anion 4) none of ...
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Formal charge: size vs electronegativity?

My question is why size is not taken into consideration when deciding major contributors of resonance structures, particularly: why is the formal charge always assigned to the most electronegative ...
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Lewis structure of chlorine dioxide [duplicate]

The central atom in the molecule of $\ce{ClO2}$ is chlorine. Draw the ‘dot-and-cross’ diagram for $\ce{ClO2}.$ Show outer electrons only. How to draw Lewis structure of $\ce{ClO2}?$ Please explain ...
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Bonding in the nitrate anion [duplicate]

Hi so I was studying chemical bonding where i encountered a problem which is stated below. When we talk about ${NO_3}^-$ we draw its structure as following But the thing which I dont understand is ...
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Lewis structure of CN radical

I need to draw the Lewis formula for $\ce{CN}$. However, I am not sure how to draw the single free electron. My idea would be as follows: $$\Large\ce{\llap{·}C#N\rlap{:}}$$ Does that make sense?
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Bond angle and bond lengths in Arginine

Based on the Lewis structure of arginine, the terminal primary amine attached to the guanidine group seems to be $\mathrm{sp^3}$ hybridized and trigonal pyramidal. Also, in quantum mechanical ...
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Why is the structure of HNO3 have a central atom rather than being linear?

Why is the structure of $\ce{HNO3}$ have a central atom rather than being linear? I know formal charges need to be reduced as much as possible, and if there was a structure with two oxygens and a ...
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In the Lewis structure for barium fluoride, why does barium lose its valence electrons?

I searched for $\ce{BaF2}$ Lewis structure, and found out that the Barium atom loses its 2 valence electrons to form $\ce{F- Ba^2+F-}$. Before seeing it I thought each of $\ce{Ba}$'s valence ...
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Why isn't O=N-O-O the best lewis structure for NO3-?

I'm practicing lewis structures and I'm stuck on the one for NO3 -1 (nitrate ion). I understand that N has to be the central atom because it is the least electronegative, but I'm confused why all the ...
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Lewis structure of benzenediazonium [closed]

In the benzenediazonium $\ce{C6H5N2+}$ the nitrogen contributes its lone pair to the carbon in benzene. So where is one electron of that carbon, since it is not used for bonding with nitrogen where ...
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How to use Lewis theory to differentiate between an acid and a base?

According to Lewis theory a material is an acid if it accepts an electron pair, and a material is base if it donates an electron pair. But if we compare the structures of $\ce{HNO3}$ and $\ce{NaOH}$, ...
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How can nitrogen be quadruply bonded in tris(8-hydroxyquinoloinato)aluminum?

Nitrogen typically has five outer valence electrons. So how does a triply-bonded nitrogen in 8-hydroxyquinoline end up quadruply bonded in tris(8-hydroxyquinolinato)aluminum?
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Can the Lewis dot structure of SO2 be experimentally verified?

I have just watched 2 different videos on the Lewis dot structure of sulfur dioxide, $\ce{SO2}$. One says it is $$\ce{O=S=O}$$ and the other says $$\ce{^-O-S^+=O <-> O=S^+-O-}$$ The first ...
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Why (SO4)^2- does not create 4 double bonds

I looked this question up and still couldn't understand. Why, in $\ce{SO4^2-}$ don't the 4 oxygens create double bonds. In that case the all the oxygens will have 0 formal charge while the sulfur ...
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Structure of pyrophosphorous acid

What is the structure of pyrophosphorous acid? I asked this question here because the answer which I found on web and other resources are inconsistent which each other. For example, following data is ...
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Expanded structure formula and Lewis dot structure, whats the difference?

I am teaching my self the basics of chemistry and I have done lewis dot structure before. Right now I am going into carbon chemistry which often use structure formulas to represent compounds. There is ...
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How to rationalise the resonance structures of nitrogen dioxide?

The following image depicts resonance in $\ce{NO2}$ molecule: I don't know if it is obvious or not, but I'm puzzled by this structure. I've read about the structure of the $\ce{NO2}$ compound, but it ...
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Linear algebra in Lewis structures?

In general, I have come across a phenomenon in chemistry where solutions to certain types of problems can often seem frustrating when trying to work out by hand, as they seem to depend on each other ...
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Oxidation state of N in NO from resonance

I know from a textbook that nitrogen has an oxidation state of +II in NO, and this is easily verified if O is assigned -II. However, if one looks at the resonance structure and assigns covalent ...
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How to identify the most stable Lewis adduct of boron trichloride?

Which of the following is the most stable Lewis acid–base adduct? (a) $\ce{H2O\bond{->}BCl3}$ (b) $\ce{H2S\bond{->}BCl3}$ (c) $\ce{H3N\bond{->}BCl3}$ (d) $\ce{H3P\bond{->}BCl3}$ ...
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What studies show that d orbitals don't play an important role in covalent bonding? (> period 2 elements) [closed]

Take a look at all the following molecules: $\ce{SO3^{2-}}$, $\ce{SO2}$, $\ce{SO4^2-}$, $\ce{PF5}$ and many more you can add. In all these there is a controversy of one of these two types: Is formal ...
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How can I interpret the CH4+ structure?

I am trying to teach myself about Electron Ionization, and am very confused about the formation of the CH4+ Ion. Do the dotted lines between the C and the H, and between the two Hydrogens indicate a ...
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Lewis structure for magnesium diboride

What is the Lewis structure for $\ce{MgB2}$? I just read that it is a superconducting material (up to a relatively high critical temperature, 39 K) and am wondering if this has to do with its ...
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Lewis structure of ClO radical

The commonly shown structure of the ClO radical described here has a single bond between the chlorine and oxygen atoms. In that structure, chlorine has a formal charge of 1, and oxygen has a formal ...
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What is the lewis structure of NO [duplicate]

I am a bit confused about the lewis structure of $\ce{NO}$ The answer from my worksheet is $\ce{N=O}$ with nitrogen having a free radical. But I drew the structure as N triple bonded to $\ce{O (:N#O:)}...
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What is the Lewis dot diagram for molybdenum and cerium? [closed]

How do I draw a Lewis diagram for $\ce{Mo}$ and $\ce{Ce}$? I am a bit confused since they are transition metals. Attempt The outer electron configuration for $\ce{Mo}$ is $\ce{5s^1 4d^5}$. The number ...
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Question about resonance structures [duplicate]

I stumbled upon an exercise asking to draw the resonance structure of $\ce{SO4^{2-}}$. We can choose between the resonance structures by calculating the formal charges and by checking which one gives ...
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How can chlorine have 10 electrons around it in chlorine trifluoride?

I'm relatively new to chemistry, and while doing some exercises about $\ce{ClF_3}$ I tried to draw where the electrons are. I checked Google and got this: How is this structure possible? From what I'...
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Structure of PH4Br [closed]

What is the structure of PH4Br? I wanna know which atom is bonded to which. Does all five atoms are directly bonded to phosphorus?
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Is SbF5 symmetrical?

SbF5 forms a trigonal bipyramidal shape. There are polar bonds present and I assumed that it is non polar because of it's molecular geometry. However, The molecule itself is not entirely symmetrical (...
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Rules to identify the most stable resonance structures

While studying resonance from this Chemistry LibreTexts article, I found the rules to follow in order to decide which structure is the most stable. Among them: The structure with the least number of ...
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Lewis Structure For H2SO4

When I was drawing the lewis structure for $\ce{H2SO4}$ I got this configuration, now I know this isn't the best configuration but I don't see whats wrong with it. The number of valence electrons is ...
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Where do the lone pairs go in the “true” resonance structure?

Consider the "true" resonance structure of $\ce{CO3^2-}$: The bottom diagram leaves out the 2 lone pairs, so 4 electrons disappeared in the bottom image as compared to the top one. Are these ...
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Formal charges on polyatomic ions

Why is it that sometimes a polyatomic ion's Lewis structure is adjusted to remove the formal charge on the central ion, but sometimes it is not? For example, in the $\ce{I3-}$ ion (triiodide), the ...
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Lewis dot structures of CO2

I know the general Lewis dot structure of carbon dioxide is the one where there are two double bonds connecting oxygens to carbon. However the question is, does $\ce{CO2}$ have resonance structures? ...
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Lewis Structure of SO2 [duplicate]

What is the structure of SO2? I have seen two different ways the Lewis Structure is written: The formal charges of the SO2 with the single bond and a double bond is larger than the SO2 with two ...
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Chemical structure of xenon heptafluoride anion

When $\ce{XeF6}$ acts as a fluoride acceptor, $\ce{XeF7-}$ is formed. What is the hybridisation, geometry, and shape of $\ce{XeF7-}$?
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How can chlorine form ClO2? [duplicate]

Doesn't it have only have one bonding electron? Then how can it bond with 2 oxygens? The Lewis structure doesn't make much sense to me.
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Misleading features of Lewis Dot Representation

Today I had an embarrassing experience when I sat to help my nephew learn Lewis' Dot Representation and realized that I actually don't get it at all. I have a physics background and always thought ...
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Difference in bond orders between formaldehyde and carbonate [closed]

So I am asked to find the bond order for both of them. I drew the correct Lewis structure, and there's one C-O double bond (and 2 other single bonds). I determined the bond order in CO3 (2-) to be 1....
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Major contributor for resonance [duplicate]

I was doing some practice problems, and apparently 6 is the main contributor, due to having all full octets, but I'm not seeing how the oxygen with the + formal charge has a full octet in this case. I ...
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Polarity of symmetric Lewis structure [closed]

Why is $\ce{CF2Cl2}$ polar? The Lewis dot structure shows the molecule as being symmetric. Wouldn't that make it nonpolar?
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How to identify lewis acids and bases

What is the general methodology to identify Lewis acids and bases in an acid base reaction? Do we need to draw structures to identify which species is the electron donor and which one the acceptor, or ...
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Do atoms react to fill outer shell or 8 valence electrons? [duplicate]

I recall in middleshool chemistry we simply said electron shell configurations were 2,8,8,many which I would have no problems with. But now I'm learning that shells contain $2n^2$ electrons where n ...