Problem: Consider nitrous acid, HNO2 (HONO).(a) Write a Lewis structure.

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We’re being asked to determine the Lewis structure for HNO2. We first need to determine the total number of valence electrons present in the molecule:


            Group                        Valence Electrons

N         5A                   1 × 5 e5 e

H         1A                   1 × 1 e1 e

O         6A                   2 × 6 e12 e

              Total:  18 valence e



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Consider nitrous acid, HNO2 (HONO).

(a) Write a Lewis structure.


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