Problem: Draw the Lewis structure (including resonance structures) for methyl azide (CH3N3). For each resonance structure, assign formal charges to all atoms that have formal charge.

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(1) Following the molecular formula, C appears to be the central atom


(2) The total number of valence electrons present in CH3Nis:


            Group             Valence Electrons

C         4A                   1 × 4 e4 e

H         1A                   2 × 1 e2 e

N         5A                   3 × 5 e15 e

Total:  21 valence e


(3) The bonding preferences of each element in the molecule is as follows:

Carbon: prefers to form 4 bonds
• Hydrogen: only forms 1 bond

• Oxygen: prefers to form 2 bonds

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Draw the Lewis structure (including resonance structures) for methyl azide (CH3N3). For each resonance structure, assign formal charges to all atoms that have formal charge.

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