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Lewis Theory of Bonding

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  • Chemical bonding is at the heart of understanding chemistry. The Lewis Theory of Bonding essentially combined observations at the time about chemical bonding together. Not only was it essential in understanding how elements bonded, it provided a visual representation for them. These Lewis dot structures are a simplistic way of representing the electrons in molecules. This theory also helped to define formal charge and resonance. Understanding of electronegativity and electron affinity will be useful before understanding Lewis Theory of Bonding.

    Contributors and Attributions

    • Nilpa Shah (UCD)