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Problem: The following ions are best described with resonance structures. Draw the resonance structures, and using formal charge arguments, predict the best Lewis structure for each ion.A. NCO−  B. CNO−

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We are being asked to identify the resonance structures of NCO- and CNO

We will have to draw the Lewis Structures first.


Step 1: Determine the central atom in this molecule.
C is the central atom for NCO-

N is the central atom for CNO

Step 2: Calculate the total number of valence electrons present.          

CH3COO-:

          Group              Valence Electrons

C         4A                    4 valence e x 1

N         5A                    5 valence e x 1

O         6A                    6 valence e- x 1
                                 = 15 valence e

-1 charge                     +1 e­-

 Total = 16 valence e- 


Step 3: Draw the Lewis Structure for the molecule

O, N and C → prefers to have complete octet (8 e- around them)


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The following ions are best described with resonance structures. Draw the resonance structures, and using formal charge arguments, predict the best Lewis structure for each ion.

A. NCO  
B. CNO

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