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How is nitrite different from nitrogen dioxide?

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  • Lôn
    Lv 7
    2 months ago
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    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.

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  • 2 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'.

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  • 2 months ago

    The oxidation state of the nitrogen is different. 

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  • 2 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).

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