# Azides of heavy metals explode when struck sharply, and are used in detonation caps. What is the Lewis structure for the most stable azide ion, N_3^-? Include lone pairs.

Sep 25, 2017

We gots $15 + 1$ valence electrons to distribute over 3 centres, i.e. 8 electron pairs.....
""^(-):ddotN=stackrel(+)N=ddotN:^(-)