Since we will consider various molecules this semester and often see them written in skeletal structure, Here’s a quick recap of the rules for reading the skeletal structures.

  1. Every place where lines (which represent covalent bonds) meet, there’s a carbon.
  2. Every place where lines end, there a carbon.
  3. And those carbons have the appropriate number of hydrogens bonded to them to satisfy the Octet Rule for carbon.

Try using these rules to draw out the full molecular structure of fluoxetine (commonly referred to as Prozac) from its skeletal structure above. Then check your structure with the ball-and-stick depictions below.