Problem: In which of the Lewis structures below does the nitrogen atom have a formal charge of −2?

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We’re being asked to determine the structure where nitrogen has a formal charge of –2


For this problem, we need to compare the formal charge of nitrogen in each structure. 

Recall that the formula for the formal charge is:


F.C.=Group Number-(Bonds+Nonbonding e-)


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In which of the Lewis structures below does the nitrogen atom have a formal charge of −2?

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