How does nitrogen form 4 bonds?

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Jovian Cheung 1K
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How does nitrogen form 4 bonds?

Postby Jovian Cheung 1K » Fri Nov 02, 2018 12:54 am

As in the question. Can't imagine any other way than a coordinate bond. Thank you! :-)

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Re: How does nitrogen form 4 bonds?

Postby Chem_Mod » Fri Nov 02, 2018 1:03 am

An example would be NH4+, but one of these bonds would be a coordinate covalent bond, as you said.

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Re: How does nitrogen form 4 bonds?

Postby MadisonB » Fri Nov 02, 2018 1:10 am

https://i.stack.imgur.com/Z2n1k.png

If you look at the above image you can see that when nitrogen has a positive charge (one less electron), it can form four covalent bonds. Either with single, double, or triple bonds. It is similar to phosphorus in this regard because they both have five valence electrons (four when they have a positive charge).

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Re: How does nitrogen form 4 bonds?

Postby Jovian Cheung 1K » Fri Nov 02, 2018 10:09 pm

Ok, thank you!
So I guess there is definitely a coordinate bond whenever we see nitrogen forming 4 bonds.


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