The Preparation and Properties of Nitrogen(I) Oxide

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In this classic demonstration, from the Royal Society of Chemistry, nitrogen (I) oxide is prepared by reacting sodium nitrate and ammonium sulphate. The nitrogen oxide is shown to re-light a glowing splint and be partially soluble in water; heating the gas with copper leaves nitrogen gas.

The resource provides a list of apparatus and chemicals needed for the experiment, together with teaching tips.

Curriculum links include: oxides of nitrogen, Gay-Lussac’s law.

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