Nitrogen Forms Four Bonds or Three?

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Andy Liao 1B
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Nitrogen Forms Four Bonds or Three?

Postby Andy Liao 1B » Sat Nov 04, 2017 11:53 pm

I was told that nitrogen can form only up to three bonds. However, in the case of N20, N forms a triple bond with the second N (the central atom) and that second N (the central atom) forms a single bond with the O. Why is this true?

Tanaisha Italia 1B
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Re: Nitrogen Forms Four Bonds or Three?

Postby Tanaisha Italia 1B » Sun Nov 05, 2017 12:10 am

I think that nitrogen prefers three bonds, as it has five valence electrons. However, it may not necessarily be limited to only three, and can form four covalent bonds if necessary to complete the octet.


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