Representing electron pairs

single covalent bond pair of electrons eg the four single CH bonds in methane H H C H H

lone pair of electrons eg two on O in methanol CH3 O H

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Curly arrow notation
Curly arrows show the movement of electron PAIRS TAILS come from either a bond pair of electrons HEADS point either next to an atom to form a bond pair of electrons or at an atom to form a lone pair of electrons or a lone pair of electrons

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References
Steve Lewis for the Royal Society of Chemistry

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