Use the formula of formal charges to determine the charge in each atom in OCN-
The formal charge can be calculated as:
One possible structure for OCN – ion is drawn below. What is the formal charge on each atom?
a. O atom = 0, C atom = 0, and N atom = 0
b. O atom = 0, C atom = 0, and N atom = –1
c. O atom = –1, C atom = 0, and N atom = 0
d. O atom = –1, C atom = –1, and N atom = +1
e. O atom = +1, C atom = 0, and N atom = –2
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