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Nitro Groups: Formal Charge, Bond Length, Geometry


Below is a structure of 3-nitropropanoic acid that shows all of the valence electrons on the oxygen atoms.

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Using the figure above, determine which of the following statements are true.

Select ALL that apply.


The formal charge of the nitrogen atom is +1 and its oxidation state is +3.


It would be expected that the molecule has two different N-O bond lengths, a longer bond due to the N-O and a shorter one due to the N=O.


The electron pair and the molecular geometry about the nitrogen atom are both trigonal planar.


The O-N-O bond angle would be expected to be approximately 120${ }^{ \circ }$.