Problem: Within a covalent Lewis structure, what is the difference between lone pair and bonding pair electrons?

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We have to explain the difference between lone pair electrons and bonding pair electrons in a Lewis structure.


A covalent bond is formed by mutual sharing of electrons by two atoms.

The two electrons that are shared between the two atoms constitute a bond pair.

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Within a covalent Lewis structure, what is the difference between lone pair and bonding pair electrons?

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