# Draw an Electron Dot Diagram to Show the Formation of Each of the Following Compounds: Methane - Chemistry

Draw an electron dot diagram to show the formation of each of the following compounds:

Methane

[H = 1, C = 6, Mg = 12, Cl = 17]

#### Solution

Formation of methane molecule:

 Atom Electronic configuration Nearest noble gas To attain stableelectronicconfiguration ofnearest noble gas Carbon ""_6^12C [2,4] Neon [2,8] Carbon needs fourelectrons tocomplete theoctet Hydrogen ""_1^1H[1] Helium [2] Hydrogen needsone electron tocomplete theduplet

One atom of carbon shares four electron pairs, one with each of the four aoms of hydrogen

Concept: Periodic Properties - Electron Affinity
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