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Lewis structure of HCN & (CN)2

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Draw a lewis structure for hydrogen cyanide and cyanogen.

Use the properties of sodium cyanide to deduce the type of bonding that holds this compound.

Explain how you arrived at this conclusions.

Write a balance chemical equation for the reaction that occurs when sodium cyanide dissolves in water.

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Hydrogen has one valence electron. Carbon has four valence electrons. Nitrogen has five valence electrons.

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Hydrogen has one valence electron.
Carbon has four valence electrons.
Nitrogen has five valence electrons.

The Lewis Structure of hydrogen cyanide

The Lewis structure of cyanogen

Cyanogen is a chemical compound (CN)2. The CN entity behaves like a halogen. ...

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