# How many pairs of electrons are shared between the nitrogen atoms in the triple bond of the nitrogen molecule?

$\text{Why, 6 electrons..............so three pairs}$
Each nitrogen atom has 5 valence electrons. When two nitrogen atoms bind to form the dinitrogen molecule, each atom provides 3 electrons to give the treble bond, and the remaining pair of electrons is a non-bonding lone pair, i.e. to give $: N \equiv N :$.
Typically a single covalent bond results from the sharing of 2 electrons between 2 atoms, e.g. ${H}_{3} C - C {H}_{3}$, and a double covalent bond results from the sharing 4 electrons between 2 atoms..........e.g. ${H}_{2} C = C {H}_{2}$.