1. Limited time only! Sign up for a free 30min personal tutor trial with Chegg Tutors
    Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

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.
  2. jcsd
Share this great discussion with others via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook

Can you offer guidance or do you also need help?
Draft saved Draft deleted