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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

A) -3, +3

B) +5

C) -3, +5

D) -3

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.

Dicussion (1)

• 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.