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Homework Help: Lewis structure for ClNO2

  1. Oct 29, 2011 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Draw the lewis structure for ClNO2

    3. The attempt at a solution
    When I first drew this I had two double bonds in between the N and the Os. However, the answer suggests only one is a double bond in the structure. Why is this correct? Aren't we suppose to balance the formula charges? When I have 2 double bonds the formal charge for the oxygens are zero (6-4(lone pair electrons)-2(bonds pairs)) and the nitrogen (5-0(lone pair electrons)-5(bond pairs)) is zero as well.
     
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