What is the molecular structure of #"nitrous oxide"#, #N_2O#?

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Feb 9, 2017

Answer:

#"Nitrous oxide"# is linear.

Explanation:

And how do we know? Well, by experiment, and measurement, but VESPER gives a good approximation. We have #2xx5+6=16# #"valence electrons"# to distribute over 3 centres.

A structure of #N-=N^(+)-O^(-)# is reasonable, even tho it invokes formal charge separation. Its resonance structure of #""^(-)N=N^(+)=O# is formally equivalent. Disregarding the multiple bonds, there are 2 regions of electron density around the central nitrogen, and VESPER would predict that #/_O-N-O=180^@#, and experiment confirms this.

Feb 9, 2017

Answer:

It's a linear...

Explanation:

It has a big explanation cause it needs the electrically neutrality. But it's structure is like this. It's one of the 8 Lewis structures it can have:
# .^(-)N = N^+ = O#