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Identifying the central atom in ONF

Posted: Sun Nov 04, 2018 12:38 pm
by Aj1156
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?

Re: Identifying the central atom in ONF

Posted: Sun Nov 04, 2018 1:00 pm
by Ashvi_Luthra_4H
I believe it also has to do with which atom is the least electronegative, which in this case would be Nitrogen

Re: Identifying the central atom in ONF

Posted: Sun Nov 04, 2018 1:11 pm
by angelagd3l
Nitrogen has lower electronegativity which is why it is in the middle

Re: Identifying the central atom in ONF

Posted: Sun Nov 04, 2018 8:23 pm
by Jonathan Cheng 3C
Nitrogen is the least electronegative atom, thus it is the central atom.