N2O Lewis Structure

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N2O Lewis Structure

Postby 305144105 » Wed Nov 28, 2018 7:03 pm

If O is more electronegative than N, then why isn't it the central atom in N2O?

Ray Guo 4C
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Re: N2O Lewis Structure

Postby Ray Guo 4C » Wed Nov 28, 2018 7:37 pm

I think the less electronegative one should be in the middle because they more readily share electrons.

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Re: N2O Lewis Structure

Postby Aaron Ang 4H » Wed Nov 28, 2018 7:38 pm

O cannot be the central atom because since both oxygen and nitrogen are in period 2, they must follow the octet rule. Furthermore, nitrogen needs to have 3 bonds therefore, having oxygen as the central atom would be impossible due to the amount of electrons available and due to formal charge

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