Why are Lewis structures important?

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Lewis dot structures are a key concept in understanding how atoms bond.


Knowing the Lewis structure of an atom allows you to know how it will bond and how many bonds it will form. This knowledge eventually can allow us to understand the shapes of molecules and their chemical properties.

This video shows how to use the periodic table to draw Lewis structures and figure out how many valence electrons an atom has.

Video from: Noel Pauller