Problem: The nitric oxide molecule, NO, readily loses one electron to form the NO+ ion. Why is this consistent with the electronic structure of NO?

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We are asked why NO readily loses one electron to form the NO+ ion.


Analyze lewis structure: 

N → group 5A → 5 valence electrons

O → group 6A → 6 valence electrons

TOTAL = 11 valence electrons

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The nitric oxide molecule, NO, readily loses one electron to form the NO+ ion. Why is this consistent with the electronic structure of NO?

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