I tried to google and watch YouTube videos on how to write Lewis structures properly, but I can't seem to understand how to do this correctly.
My teacher, when class was in session, gave me a set of instructions to complete Lewis structures:
Sum Valence electrons
Add electrons to outer atoms, while obeying octet or duet rule.
Then add electrons to center atom, obey octet rule, unless they're third row element or below.
- Do formal charges for each atom valance charge - (unbonded electrons + 1/2(bounded electrons))
- Once formal charges have been determined, minimize formal charges by using unbound electrons to make double or triple bonds
- Redo formal charges to check if formal charges are as low as possible, for central atom.
So I attempted to do this for the diazomethane, but my answer (circled in green) does not match the book's answer (in red).
What did I do wrong?
After further considerations, I realized that my structures didn't obey the octet rule. So then would this revised structure be also correct?