Which one is more reactive, CO2 or NO2?

In summary, CO2 is not more reactive than NO2. NO2 is typically more reactive due to its unstable molecular structure and high oxidative potential. This is because NO2 contains a double bond which makes it more unstable and likely to react with other substances. While CO2 and NO2 can react with each other under certain conditions, the reaction is slow and requires a catalyst. Both CO2 and NO2 can have harmful effects on the environment, but in different ways. It is difficult to determine which gas is more harmful overall. The reactivity of CO2 and NO2 cannot be directly compared as they have different mechanisms and rates of reaction, and it is important to consider specific conditions and substances involved in a reaction.
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Which one is more reactive, CO2 or NO2?

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I drew the Lewis structures of these species and found there is one delocalized electron in NO2, so I think NO2 is more reactive.
Am I correct?
 
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Yes, looks like a reasonable line of thinking.
 
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Related to Which one is more reactive, CO2 or NO2?

1. Is CO2 more reactive than NO2?

The answer to this question is no. While both CO2 and NO2 are considered reactive gases, NO2 is typically more reactive due to its unstable molecular structure and high oxidative potential.

2. Why is NO2 more reactive than CO2?

NO2 is more reactive than CO2 due to its molecular structure, which contains a double bond. This double bond makes the molecule more unstable and more likely to react with other substances.

3. Can CO2 and NO2 react with each other?

Yes, CO2 and NO2 can react with each other under certain conditions. However, this reaction is relatively slow and typically requires the presence of a catalyst.

4. Which gas is more harmful to the environment, CO2 or NO2?

Both CO2 and NO2 can have harmful effects on the environment, but in different ways. CO2 is a major contributor to climate change and global warming, while NO2 is a major component of air pollution and can lead to respiratory issues. Therefore, it is difficult to determine which gas is more harmful overall.

5. Can the reactivity of CO2 and NO2 be compared?

While both gases are considered reactive, their reactivity cannot be directly compared as they have different mechanisms and rates of reaction. It is important to consider the specific conditions and substances involved in a reaction when determining the reactivity of a gas.

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