What is the Lewis structure of nitrite ion, #NO_2^(-)#?

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Sep 9, 2017

Answer:

Well, we gots #5(N)+2xx6(O)+1("negative charge")# valence electrons to distribute....

Explanation:

And thus,...#O=ddotN-O^-#; from left atom to right atom, there are 6, 5, and 7 valence electrons associated with each atom, and hence formal charges of #0,0,# and #-1#.

The electron pairs are distributed in a trigonal plane, but the geometry is bent with #/_O-N-O>120^@#, due to the disproportionate influence of the nitrogen lone pair.....

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