Problem: Assign formal charges to each atom in the resonance forms of N2O.

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Step 1The total number of valence electrons present in N2O is:


            Group             Valence Electrons

N            5A                    2 × 5 e10 e

O            6A                    1 × 6 e6 e

                  Total:  16 valence e


Step 2 The complete Lewis structure  for N2O (exist as resonance structures).


Resonance structures of N2O:

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Assign formal charges to each atom in the resonance forms of N2O.

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