What are some common mistakes students make with Lewis structures?

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Mar 25, 2018

Answer:

See below...

Explanation:

From a high school student's perspective, the first mistake I made often made was miscounting the valence elections for the compound. Thus, making my bonds, double bonds, triple bonds drawn incorrectly. Also, I didn't know where to place the hydrogens, nitrogens (etc.) around the central atom, I was told it is drawn around the central atom but sometimes I didn't have 4 hydrogens around one carbon atom for say. I also struggled with where to place the dipoles, however now I know you put it towards the more electronegative element....

Basically those were the mistakes I made...basically everything. But if I say so myself I think i've improved since.

#darr# These are example of the Lewis Structures I drew.

https://chem.libretexts.org/Textbook_Maps/General_Chemistry_Textbook_Maps/Map%3A_General_Chemistry_(Petrucci_et_al.)/10%3A_Chemical_Bonding_I%3A_Basic_Concepts/10.4%3A_Writing_Lewis_Structures