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The oxidation state(s) of nitrogen in ammonium nitrite is/are


Question

The oxidation state(s) of nitrogen in ammonium nitrite is/are

Options

A) -3, +3

B) +5

C) -3, +5

D) -3

The correct answer is A.

Explanation:

Ammonium nitrite = NH\(_4\)NO\(_2\)
NH\(_4 ^+\): Let the oxidation number of Nitrogen = x
x + 4 = 1 \(\implies\) x = 1 - 4
x = -3
NO\(_2 ^-\): x - 4 = -1
x = -1 + 4 \(\implies\) x = +3.
The oxidation numbers for Nitrogen in Ammonium Nitrite = -3, +3.

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  • Ammonium nitrite = NH\(_4\)NO\(_2\)
    NH\(_4 ^+\): Let the oxidation number of Nitrogen = x
    x + 4 = 1 \(\implies\) x = 1 - 4
    x = -3
    NO\(_2 ^-\): x - 4 = -1
    x = -1 + 4 \(\implies\) x = +3.
    The oxidation numbers for Nitrogen in Ammonium Nitrite = -3, +3.