Which of the following are the
products of the thermal decomposition of ammonium nitrite? (A) Nitrogen and hydrogen gases,
(B) nitrogen gas and water, (C) nitrogen dioxide and hydrogen gases, (D) nitrogen
oxide gas and water, or (E) nitrogen dioxide gas and water.
In this question, we need to find
out what products are formed during the decomposition of ammonium nitrite. Ammonium nitrite has the chemical
formula NH4NO2. Ammonium nitrite can be created in
situ by combining sodium nitrite and ammonium chloride. Ammonium nitrite is very unstable
and will decompose into water and nitrogen gas.
We can therefore see that the
thermal decomposition of ammonium nitrite produces (B), nitrogen gas and water.