We are asked to rationalize the observations that the N=N bond length in N2O is 112 pm and that the N=O bond length is 119 pm.
Nitrous oxide (N2O) has three possible Lewis structures:
Given the following bond lengths,
rationalize the observations that the N=N bond length in N2O is 112 pm and that the N=O bond length is 119 pm. Assign formal charges to the resonance structures for N2O. Can you eliminate any of the resonance structures on the basis of formal charges? Is this consistent with observation?
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