# 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.

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Sep 25, 2017

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Each of the three nitrogen centres bear formal charges.....

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And the 8 electron pairs are distributed, and VESPER would predict a linear anion. There is a formal NEGATIVE charge associated with the structure.

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