Problem: 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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We are being asked to identify the resonance forms that describe the distribution of electrons in nitric acid, HNO(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


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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)