N2O Resconance

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N2O Resconance

Postby Jose_Arambulo_2I » Thu Oct 27, 2016 2:15 pm

I hope it's fine for me to ask a quiz question. How exactly would you draw the lewis structure for N2O with resonance strucutres? I made oxygen the central atom, but I only realized that was a mistake after I turned in the quiz. So how should I approach this problem correctly?

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Re: N2O Resconance

Postby Alexander_Chang_1I » Thu Oct 27, 2016 3:21 pm

Nitrogen ends up being the central atom because it is the least electronegative/has the lowest ionization energy. From there you simply juggle single/triple bonds, comparing the formal charges and ensuring that the compound obeys the octet rule. The structures with the most stable formal charges are what you use for resonance.

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