Problem: Select the best Lewis structure for ClCN.

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We’re being asked to draw a Lewis structure for ClCN. We first need to determine the total number of valence electrons present in the molecule:


            Group            Valence Electrons

N         5A                   1 × 5 e5 e

C         4A                   1 × 4 e4 e

Cl        7A                   1 × 7 e7 e

Total:  16 valence e


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Select the best Lewis structure for ClCN.

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