33 Part C

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33 Part C

Postby Humza_Khan_2J » Fri Nov 03, 2017 9:53 pm

Hey guys, as Dr. Lavelle said in lecture, I started this problem by putting the atom with the lowest IE at the center(which is O because O has a lower IE than N as an exception to the IE general rule). I got the bonds and lone pairs right in the problem, but apparently N should be in the center. Why is this?

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Re: 33 Part C

Postby Abigail Yap 2K » Fri Nov 03, 2017 10:04 pm


I believe the central atom is the one with the lowest electronegativity, not the lowest ionization energy. In this case, the least electronegative element is nitrogen.

Hope this helps.

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