Question #152e2

May 6, 2017

This one's tricky in that ${N}_{2} O$ demonstrates resonance and two contributing Lewis Structures can be drawn. That is:

$\left[: N \equiv {N}^{+} - O : : {:}^{-}\right]$$\leftrightarrow$ $\left[: : {N}^{-} = {N}^{+} = O : :\right]$

To support the structure containing the triple bond; an $s p - s p - s {p}^{3}$ hybridization is used. To support the structure with the two double bonds; an $s {p}^{2}$ - $s {p}^{2}$ - $s {p}^{2}$ hybridization is used.

Explanation:

The graphic needed to illustrate the hybridization certainly exceeds my artistic skill set, but was unable to find a suitable graphic online.
So, with undeterred determination, here's my best effort.