Example of a Subscript for Electrons

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Electrons are the particles that hang out around the nucleus floating around. Get an example of a subscript for electrons with help from an experienced educator in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Robin Higgins and this is an example of a subscript for electrons. Alright, so electrons are the particles that hang out around the nucleus floating around, different levels of them, different orbitals and they are negatively charged, so sometimes you'll see them notated with a negative charge. So one common abbreviation of electrons is to do e- and if you are actually drawing a molecule, here is water there is two different ways of writing electrons. One is actually a dot. This means that it's unbonded, it's just a lone pair and the other one is to draw this stick and this means it's a bond and so it is shared between the oxygen and the hydrogen. So both of these are ways of drawing electrons. As far as electron subscripts, there really aren't any commonly being used, pretty much you either draw it with a negative charge, you draw the electron in some fashion or another, but there's no really traditional subscript. What there are subscripts for are chemical formula, so if you have C8H10O, then you'll have these subscripts that indicate the number of carbon atoms but they don't indicate the number of electrons individually. I'm Robin Higgins and this is what is an example of an electron subscript.


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