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So...I understand N is 5 and O is 6, for total of 11, but is it allowed to exist as a radical portrayed by the answer choice? I was like...O is more electronegative, yeah, but how is a radical possible?
 

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So...I understand N is 5 and O is 6, for total of 11, but is it allowed to exist as a radical portrayed by the answer choice? I was like...O is more electronegative, yeah, but how is a radical possible?

What other choice is there besides a radical? Oxygen only forms two bonds and nitrogen has an odd valence.
 

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Ok, I get the number of electrons part, but how does N NOT violate the octet rule when it clearly does? Ugh, I'm a chem tutor and I don't remember encountering a radical lewis structure like this one too.
 
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Ok, I get the number of electrons part, but how does N NOT violate the octet rule when it clearly does? Ugh, I'm a chem tutor and I don't remember encountering a radical lewis structure like this one too.


BINGO! I chose the same answer you did too.
 
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