# Lewis structure of SO_{2} – Simple Procedure for drawing Dot structures

A **simple method** for writing **Lewis Structures** was given in a previous article entitled “**Lewis Structures and the Octet Rule**”. Several worked examples relevant to this procedure were given in previous posts please see the **Sitemap - Table of Contents (Lewis Electron Dot Structures)**.

Let us consider the case of SO_{2}. What is the **Lewis structure of SO _{2}?**

__Step 1__: Connect the atoms with **single bonds**.

__Step 2__: Calculate the # of electrons in **π bonds **(**multiple bonds**) using **formula (1**) :

Where n in this case is 3. Where V = 6 + 6 + 6 = 18, V is the number of valence electrons of the molecule.

Therefore, P = 6n + 2 – V = 6 * 3 + 2 – 18 = 2 **Therefore, there is one double bond in the molecule. **

__Step 3 & 4__: The **resonance structures of SO _{2}** are

**as follows**

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__References__

- G.N. Lewis, J.A.C.S, 38, 762-785, (1916)
- E. C. McGoran, J. Chem. Educ., 68, 19-23 (1991)
- A.B.P. Lever, J. Chem. Educ., 49, 819-821, (1972)

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