Problem: Molecular nitrogen, carbon monoxide, and cyanide ion are isoelectronic. CO and CN − are toxic. What property may explain why N2 isn’t?

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Isoelectronic molecules/ions have an equal number of electrons. We can start by writing the Lewis structures of CO, CN- and N2.


Let’s calculate the number of valence electrons first.


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Molecular nitrogen, carbon monoxide, and cyanide ion are isoelectronic. CO and CN  are toxic. What property may explain why N2 isn’t?