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Homework Help: Why N is not possible to form NCl5

  1. Oct 23, 2015 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I chose choice no.2&3 but only choice no.1 is correct. I've understand why no.2 is wrong, but why is no.3 wrong? I thought N exists as N2, which is highly inert?
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  3. Oct 24, 2015 #2


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    N2 is highly inert, but it doesn't mean nitrogen is inert - there are many nitrogen compounds. You are mistaking properties of an element (nitrogen) with a gaseous compound N2.
  4. Oct 24, 2015 #3
    Oh I see, ok thank you
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