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# What is the Lewis structure of N2?

In order to come up with this answer, you first need to know the number of valence electrons for Nitrogen. Since ##N## is a member of the Group 5A (based on the periodic table), the number of electrons in its outermost shell must be 5.

Here is the electron dot structure for a single ##N## atom:

The total number of valence electrons between the two ##N## atoms is ##10 e^-##. Also, for the structure to be correct, it must follow the octet rule (eight electrons per atom). Hence,