Problem: Predict whether the N-O bonds in NO3- are stronger or weaker than the N-O bond in NO+.

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We have to predict if the N–O bonds in NO3- are stronger or weaker than the N–O bonds in NO+.


To solve this problem, we need the Lewis structure and resonance forms for the NO3- and NO+ ions.

resonance structure shows the delocalization of electrons in a molecule.

Resonance structures differ only in the placement of electrons over the atoms in the molecule.


We will be following these steps:

Step 1: Determine the central atom in the molecule.

Step 2: Calculate the total number of valence electrons present.

Step 3: Draw the Lewis structure for the molecule.

Step 4: Draw the resonance structures.

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Predict whether the N-O bonds in NO3- are stronger or weaker than the N-O bond in NO+.

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