2C.5 part c (7th edition)

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2C.5 part c (7th edition)

Postby Andie Jian 1D » Sat Nov 03, 2018 9:02 pm

In the 7th edition textbook, the solution for the lewis structure for ClONO3 (2C.5 part c) assigns the Nitrogen in the molecule single bonds to 2 oxygens, and a double bond to another oxygen. However, wouldn't the most stable state assign the nitrogen 2 double bonds and a single bond, because that makes the formal charge 0?

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Re: 2C.5 part c (7th edition)

Postby Gary Qiao 1D » Sat Nov 03, 2018 9:17 pm

The nitrogen cannot have an expanded octet, thus it cannot form five bonds. There are no available d-orbitals for nitrogen to have that expanded octet for two double bonds with the oxygen and one single bond.

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Re: 2C.5 part c (7th edition)

Postby Andie Jian 1D » Sat Nov 03, 2018 9:26 pm

Ohhh okay thank you so much!


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