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how to write lewis dot structures for different compounds and elements

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Fri February 29, 2008
In a Lewis symbol, the inner closed shells of electrons can be considered as included in chemical symbol for the element,
 
The chemical symbol for the element is surrounded by the number of valence electrons present in the ion. The whole structure is then placed within square brackets, with a superscript to indicate the charge on the ion.
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