Problem: Pure HN3 (atom sequence HNNN) is explosive. In aqueous solution, it is a weak acid that yields the azide ion, N3−. Draw resonance structures to explain why the nitrogen-nitrogen bond lengths are equal in N3− but unequal in HN3.

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Pure HN3 (atom sequence HNNN) is explosive. In aqueous solution, it is a weak acid that yields the azide ion, N3. Draw resonance structures to explain why the nitrogen-nitrogen bond lengths are equal in N3 but unequal in HN3.

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