The Nitrate - Add a multiple bond (first try a double bond)...

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The Nitrate (NO 3 - ) ion: 1. Count up the valence electrons: (1*5) + (3*6) + 1(ion) = 24 electrons 2. Draw the bond connectivities: 3. Add octet electrons to the atoms bonded to the center atom: 4. Place any leftover electrons (24-24 = 0 ) on the center atom: 5. Does the central atom have an octet? NO , it has 6 electrons
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Unformatted text preview: Add a multiple bond (first try a double bond) to see if the central atom can achieve an octet: 6. Does the central atom have an octet? YES Are there possible resonance structures? YES Note: We would expect that the bond lengths in the NO3-ion to be somewhat shorter than a single bond...
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This note was uploaded on 11/22/2011 for the course CHEMISTRY CHM1025 taught by Professor Laurachoudry during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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