Asked Jan 5, 2020

 Explain why nitrogen can form compounds with many different oxidation numbers. 


Expert Answer

Step 1

The electron configuration of nitrogen (N) is [He]2s22p3. Nitrogen has half-filled p orbitals containing three electrons. The stable noble gas configuration ca...

Want to see the full answer?

See Solution

Check out a sample Q&A here.

Want to see this answer and more?

Solutions are written by subject experts who are available 24/7. Questions are typically answered within 1 hour.*

See Solution
*Response times may vary by subject and question.
Tagged in



s, p, d and f block elements

Related Chemistry Q&A

Find answers to questions asked by student like you
Show more Q&A

Q: What is carbylamine reaction?Give an example

A: Carbylamines reaction is used to distinguish primary amine. Only primary amine (both aliphatic or ar...


Q: Give any three examples of compounds showing optical isomerism

A: Isomers are molecules that have the same molecular formula, but have a different arrangement of the ...


Q: How can you explain negative deviation as solution is prepared by mixing chloroform and acetone?

A: According to Raoult’s law, when in a binary solution, there are present two volatile liquids, than v...


Q: When a part is made by pressing together powdered metal, no metal is wasted. In contrast, metal is t...

A: Given data:


Q: what is molar conductivity? what are its units?

A: Molar conductivity:The conducting power of ions produced by dissolving one mole of an electrolyte in...


Q: what are the factors affecting the value of ionisation energy?

A: Click to see the answer


Q: RbO2 is a superoxide or peroxide ?

A: Superoxide:The compounds which contains the anion O2- is said to be superoxides.  Only alkali metals...


Q: The first ionization energies of iron, cobalt, nickel, and the first three platinum metals are all a...

A: The ionization energy is the energy needed to remove an electron from the outermost shell of the ato...


Q: for what purpose polyphosphates are used ?

A: The esters or salts of polymeric oxyanions in which phosphate groups are attached tetrahedrally and ...