How is nitrite different from nitrogen dioxide?
- LônLv 72 months agoFavorite Answer
Nitrite NO2 - is a group that joins with a metal to make a compound eg potassium nitrite KNO2, sodium nitrite NaNO2 .
NO2 is a compound.
- lenpol7Lv 72 months ago
Nitrite is the anion NO2^-
Nitrogen dioxide is the molecule NO2 (No charge).
NB The nitrite anion has gained an electron . so it has the charge of '-1'.
- busterwasmycatLv 72 months ago
The oxidation state of the nitrogen is different.
- RicardoLv 52 months ago
Nitrite has a negative charge, whereas nitrogen dioxide doesn't. Nitrite comes from the dissociation of a salt (NaNO2, for example) in water, whereas nitrogen dioxide comes from combustion (O2 + N2 --> 2NO + O2 --> 2NO2).