Problem: Draw the Lewis structure for (CH3)4NCl, a salt.

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We’re being asked to draw a Lewis structure for (CH3)4NCl.

(CH3)4NCl is salt so we can separate it into its ions:

(CH3)4NCl → (CH3)4N+ + Cl-


Let's first draw the structure of (CH3)4N+:

           Group             Valence Electrons
C         4A                   4 × 4 e = 16 e
H         1A                   12 × 1 e = 12 e
N         5A                   1 × 5 e = 5 e
+1 charge                   -1 e
                          Total:  32 valence e

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Draw the Lewis structure for (CH3)4NCl, a salt.

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