Problem: Draw a Lewis structure for NH3 in which the central N atom obeys the octet rule. How many are the unshared pairs (lone pairs) on the central N atom? How many single bonds and double bonds does the central N atom form?

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We’re being asked to draw a Lewis structure for NH3.


To do so, we first need to do the following steps:

Step 1: Determine the central atom in this molecule.

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

Step 3: Draw the Lewis structure for the molecule.


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Draw a Lewis structure for NH3 in which the central N atom obeys the octet rule. How many are the unshared pairs (lone pairs) on the central N atom? How many single bonds and double bonds does the central N atom form?

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