Why does the nitrate ion contain two N-O bonds that are equivalent to 1 1/2 bonds?

Can someone explain how a bond is equivalent to 1 1/2? What does that mean

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  • Anonymous
    10 months ago
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    N=O. has a bond order of two, and both N-O bonds have a bond order of one. Adding these together and dividing by the number of bonds (3) reveals that the bond order of nitrate is 1.33.

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