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Lewis Diagrams

Lewis diagrams are used to show the connectivity between atoms in a molecule, they tell you nothing about the arrangement of the atoms of a molecule within 3D space, that is left to VSEPR or hybridisation see Ch 2)
Lewis structure of sodium acetate
You should be able to draw a Lewis diagram for both organic and inorganic molecules as the latter are often used as reagents in organic syntheses.

If you think you can draw Lewis diagrams, try some questions now.

If you are not comfortable drawing Lewis diagrams, then you should review how to determine a Lewis diagram.

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Dr. Ian Hunt, Department of Chemistry, University of Calgary