Problem: Look at the Lewis structure for HF. Where are the nonbonding electrons?

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We are being asked to look at the Lewis structure of HF and locate the non-bonding electrons. 

First, we will have to draw the Lewis Structure of HF


Step 1: Determine the central atom in this molecule.

           • With only two atoms in the molecule, there is no central atom.

Step 2: Calculate the total number of valence electrons present.          

HF:

        Group             Valence Electrons

H       1A                    1 × 1 e = 1 e

F        7A                   1 × 7 e = 7 e

 Total:  8 valence e


Step 3: Draw the Lewis Structure for the molecule

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Look at the Lewis structure for HF. Where are the nonbonding electrons?

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