Most elements found in nature are in a combined form, meaning they are most likely to exist as a molecule or compound. In Chapters 6 and 7 we discussed how the electrons are arranged in atoms and in Chapters 8 and 9 we will analyze how these electrons are either shared or transferred to form chemical bonds.
8.1 Chemical Bonding Overview
In Chapter 6 we placed heavy emphasis on valence electrons, as these electrons are the ones involved in bonding. Lewis Theory places emphasis on the valence electrons and drawing Lewis Symbols provides a convenient way to represent them. Lewis Theory also introduces us to the octet rule.
8.1 Lewis Theory