What is the Lewis structure of N2?

1 Answer
Oct 30, 2015



In order to come up with this answer, you first need to know the number of valence electrons for Nitrogen. Since #N# is a member of the Group 5A (based on the periodic table), the number of electrons in its outermost shell must be 5.

Here is the electron dot structure for a single #N# atom:


The total number of valence electrons between the two #N# atoms is #10 e^-#. Also, for the structure to be correct, it must follow the octet rule (eight electrons per atom). Hence,