Figure out the Lewis structure of water to determine the # of bonding pairs and lone pairs in its structure
We’re being asked to draw a Lewis structure for H2O. We first need to determine the total number of valence electrons present in the molecule:
Group Valence Electrons
H 1A 2 × 1 e– = 2 e–
O 6A 1 × 6 e– = 6 e–
Total: 8 valence e–
What are the number of bonding pairs and lone pairs of electrons in H2O?
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