Problem: Sodium azide is a shock-sensitive compound that releases N2 upon physical impact. The compound is used in automobile airbags. The azide ion is N3–. Draw the Lewis structure of the azide ion that minimizes formal charge (it does not form a triangle).

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Sodium azide is a shock-sensitive compound that releases N2 upon physical impact. The compound is used in automobile airbags. The azide ion is N3. Draw the Lewis structure of the azide ion that minimizes formal charge (it does not form a triangle).

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