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What is the chemical formula of nitrogen chloride and how is it prepared?



This question is part of Covalent Bonding Practice Quiz
Asked by Superoxideion, Last updated: Sep 24, 2020

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J.Spencer

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Answered Oct 05, 2018

Nitrogen chloride or trichloramine is an unstable ionic compound formed when an ammonium salt is completely chlorinated. Simply speaking, a reaction between ammonium nitrate and chlorine can form it. There are stages in this reaction and the mixture has compounds such as chloramine and dichloramine as intermediate products. Complete Chlorination is important for the final product to have only Nitrogen Trichloride.

The product formed is an explosive oily liquid. It is so explosive that even the slightest jerk can blow it up. It has the chemical formula NCl3.

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L. Hawkes

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Answered Jul 19, 2018

Covalent bonding is a type of chemical bonding which is characterized by atoms sharing electrons. For nitrogen and chlorine to covalently bond, nitrogen needs 3 electrons. Chlorine only has one electron therefore two more chlorine molecules are needed. Because one atom of nitrogen needs 3 atoms of chlorine to bond, the formula will be NCl3.

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John Smith

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Answered Oct 10, 2016

NCl3

Since one atom of Nitrogen needs 3 electrons and one of Chlorine only needs 1.... Simply bring another two atoms of Chlorine in. Nitrogen will get 3 electrons, 1 each from the three atoms of chlorine And the 3 atoms of chlorine will get 1 electron each from Nitrogen. So, Nitrogen TriChlorides formula is NCl3.
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