We are being asked to identify the resonance forms that describe the distribution of electrons in nitric acid, HNO3 (N is bonded to an OH group and two O atoms).
First, we will have to draw the Lewis Structure of HNO3.
Step 1: Determine the central atom in this molecule
• N → less electronegative atom than O → central atom
• H is less electronegative than O but H can only make one bond
Write resonance forms that describe the distribution of electrons in each of these molecules or ions.
nitric acid, HNO3 (N is bonded to an OH group and two O atoms)
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