Problem: Many planets in our solar system contain organic chemicals including methane (CH 4) and traces of ethylene (C2H4), ethane (C2H6), propyne (H3CCCH), and diacetylene (HCCCCH). Write the Lewis structures for each of these molecules.

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We are being asked to draw the Lewis structure for the following molecules: methane (CH 4) and traces of ethylene (C2H4), ethane (C2H6), propyne (H3CCCH), and diacetylene (HCCCCH).


 The rules for drawing Lewis structures involving H and C are as follows:

• Hydrogen: Never goes in the center and forms only one (1) bond

• Carbon: Prefers to form four (4) bonds


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Many planets in our solar system contain organic chemicals including methane (CH 4) and traces of ethylene (C2H4), ethane (C2H6), propyne (H3CCCH), and diacetylene (HCCCCH). Write the Lewis structures for each of these molecules.

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