Lewis Dot Structure and Formal Charge

$FC=V-(L+\frac{S}{2})$

Sonia Perez 1G
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Lewis Dot Structure and Formal Charge

What is the most stable Lewis Dot Structure for N20? When i calculated the formal charge, the total charge for both structures was zero.

N::N::O (add electrons to form an octet) or

N:::N:O

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Re: Lewis Dot Structure and Formal Charge

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JasmineAlberto4J
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Re: Lewis Dot Structure and Formal Charge

nitrogen follows the octet rule and can't have more than 8 e-

MattDavid1d
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Re: Lewis Dot Structure and Formal Charge

Both structures are correct resonance structure, and the one with the triple bond is the preferred one because it is more stable. This is because Oxygen is more electronegative than nitrogen, and also because triple bonds are intrinsically more stable than double bonds.