Bonding in NO2 
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 Bonding in NO2

Thu, 26 Mar 1998 03:00:00 GMT
 Bonding in NO2


> I am a high school teacher, teaching AP Chemistry. I teach VSEPR Theory,

VB Theory, Hybridization, etc. I am having difficulty comparing the bond
angles in the NO2 molecule and the nitrite, NO2-, ion. Does anyone have a
good way of explaining the expected differences in the bond angles in
these two species? The explanation, obviously, needs to be suitable for

Mon, 30 Mar 1998 03:00:00 GMT
 Bonding in NO2

You can think of the nitrogen in the NO2 structure as a free radical.
In essence the p orbital only has one electron in it where the NO2- ion
has two.  This increase in charge density will increase push the oxygens
farther away thereby decreasing the bond angle of the molecule.  


Fri, 10 Apr 1998 03:00:00 GMT
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