Chemistry and Chemical Reactivity (9th Edition)

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Chapter 8 Bonding and Molecular Structure - Study Questions - Page 337d: 68


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In $NO_2^+$ the nitrogen makes two double bonds and has no lone electron pair, therefore it has a linear geometry and a bond angle of 180$^{\circ}$. In $NO_2^-$ the nitrogen makes one double and one single bond and has one lone electron pair, therefore it has a bent geometry from the trigonal planar archetype and a bond angle of 120$^{\circ}$.
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