Problem: Draw the Lewis structure for NO3- (the nitrate ion). Include formal charges and resonance structures as needed.

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  • Since N is less electronegative than O, N will appear as our central atom

  • N here has 5 valence electrons while Os have 6 (total of 5 + (3x6)) = 35 valence electrons


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Draw the Lewis structure for NO3- (the nitrate ion). Include formal charges and resonance structures as needed.

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