3.33 Lewis Structure for NOF

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3.33 Lewis Structure for NOF

Postby harperlacroix1a » Mon Oct 29, 2018 12:26 pm

in problem 33 in the 6th edition, it asks for the lewis structure of NOF.

the solutions manual shows a double bond between O and N, with N having a lone pair, O having 2 lone pairs, and F having 3 lone pairs and a bond with N.

Why couldn't you have two double bonds between N and O/F with O and F having 2 lone pairs each? Why does the double bond have to be with the O? Could it also be with the F?

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Re: 3.33 Lewis Structure for NOF

Postby Laura Gong 3H » Mon Oct 29, 2018 1:27 pm

F cannot make double bonds because it has 7 valence electrons and only has room to make one single bond to form an octet.
It is more like that the nitrogen and oxygen will form a double bond.

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