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3.1: CHEMICAL BONDS, LEWIS SYMBOLS AND THE OCTET RULE
- The Lewis electron system is a simplified approach for understanding bonding in covalent and ionic compounds. Why do chemists still find it useful?
- Is a Lewis dot symbol an exact representation of the valence electrons in an atom or ion? Explain your answer.
- How can the Lewis electron dot system help to predict the stoichiometry of a compound and its chemical and physical properties?
- How is a Lewis dot symbol consistent with the quantum mechanical model of the atom? How is it different?