What indicates the number of valence electrons to the atom represented by dots scattered on the four sides of the symbol?

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Aug 28, 2016

You mean like #\mathbf( :stackrel(..)"O"=stackrel((+))("N")=stackrel(..)"O": )#?


If I have misunderstood your question, I apologize, but are you asking how to count up the number of valence electrons.

The number of dots represents the number of valence electrons. In a molecule, the dots are usually grouped as pairs so that a lone pair of electrons is specified. Water has 2 lone pairs of electrons centred on the oxygen atom. Ammonia has 1 lone pair of electrons centred on nitrogen.

Anyway, if you are not satisfied, would you please reword your question?