ERIC Number: EJ1073054
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 11
Teaching Beginning Chemistry Students Simple Lewis Dot Structures
Nassiff, Peter; Czerwinski, Wendy A.
Journal of Chemical Education, v92 n8 p1409-1411 Aug 2015
Students beginning their initial study of chemistry often have a difficult time mastering simple Lewis dot structures. Textbooks show students how to manipulate Lewis structures by moving valence electron dots around the chemical structure so each atom has an octet or duet. However, an easier method of teaching Lewis structures for simple molecules, based on the octet rule (the fundamental concept of Lewis structures), enables most students to master drawing Lewis structures in one class session.
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Chemistry, Scientific Concepts, Molecular Structure, Secondary School Science, College Science
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Education Level: Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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