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Nitric Acid formation from NO2 and OH

  1. Dec 22, 2011 #1
    In Acid Rain caused by car emissions, how does NO2 and OH from water chemically bond to form HNO3 (Nitric Acid)?

    From the subatomic and a skeletal formula perspectives, please. Does one covalent bond overpower another? How does the formula rearrange itself step by step?
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  3. Jan 19, 2012 #2
    The reaction of NO2 and water:

    2 NO2 + H2O <----> HNO2 + HNO3
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