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ONF

Posted: Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:06 am
by Samantha Chung 4I
For ONF, we are supposed to draw the central element as the element with the least ionization energy. In this case this would be oxygen as N and O are exceptions in the periodic trend. However, in the lewis structure of ONF, the nitrogen is the one at the center?

Re: ONF

Posted: Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:18 am
by Christopher Tran 1J
The central element for the Lewis structure of ONF should be the atom with the lowest electronegativity, which in this case is nitrogen.

Re: ONF

Posted: Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:23 am
by Ray Guo 4C
I think this is just an exception. Nitrogen is in the center because that gives the lowest formal charges of all three atoms.