Problem: For neutral molecules, which statements about covalent Lewis structures are true? a. Hydrogen atoms are often the central atom of a Lewis structure. b. Each atom of a Lewis structure must have eight electrons.c. For a neutral molecule, the number of electrons in the Lewis structure is the sum of the valence electrons for the atoms.d. Electrons of covalent compounds may be shared between atoms.

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a. Hydrogen atoms are often the central atom of a Lewis structure. 

  • Hydrogen cannot be a central atom because it only prefers to make one bond
  • False
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For neutral molecules, which statements about covalent Lewis structures are true? 

a. Hydrogen atoms are often the central atom of a Lewis structure. 

b. Each atom of a Lewis structure must have eight electrons.

c. For a neutral molecule, the number of electrons in the Lewis structure is the sum of the valence electrons for the atoms.

d. Electrons of covalent compounds may be shared between atoms.

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