Formal charge and drawing Lewis structures

Wynne Evans

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Gilbert Newton Lewis proposed his theory of electron sharing between atoms, to produce a stable bond, in 1916 (Lewis, 1916). Since then, Lewis structures have been a valuable tool in explaining the stability of covalent molecules and ions that contan covalent bonds. The term covalent derives from 'cooperative sharing of valence electrons' (Langmiur, 1919).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14 - 17
Number of pages3
JournalScience Notes
Issue number339
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2010


  • electron sharing


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