Identifying the central atom in ONF

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Aj1156
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Identifying the central atom in ONF

Postby Aj1156 » Sun Nov 04, 2018 12:38 pm

How would you determine the central atom in a molecule such as ONF?

Because oxygen has the lowest ionization energy wouldn’t it be oxygen not nitrogen? Why is the central atom N?

Ashvi_Luthra_4H
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Re: Identifying the central atom in ONF

Postby Ashvi_Luthra_4H » Sun Nov 04, 2018 1:00 pm

I believe it also has to do with which atom is the least electronegative, which in this case would be Nitrogen

angelagd3l
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Re: Identifying the central atom in ONF

Postby angelagd3l » Sun Nov 04, 2018 1:11 pm

Nitrogen has lower electronegativity which is why it is in the middle

Jonathan Cheng 3C
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Re: Identifying the central atom in ONF

Postby Jonathan Cheng 3C » Sun Nov 04, 2018 8:23 pm

Nitrogen is the least electronegative atom, thus it is the central atom.


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