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Chemistry Forums for Students => Chemistry Olympiad and other competitions => Topic started by: hopelesscemist on December 28, 2016, 09:37:37 AM

Title: Nitrogen reactions
Post by: hopelesscemist on December 28, 2016, 09:37:37 AM
Hello, I was going through some older chemistry olympiad tasks and I got stuck on this problem. It is basically an reaction chain and you have to complete chemical formulas into the reactions. In brackets there are either catalysts, other reactants or reaction conditions.
A--(H2O)->B--(O2, Pt, 1200K)->C--(H2, H2SO4, Pt/C)->D--(MeOH, MeONa)->E
And also you know that all the compounds contain Nitrogen and that A contains 27.8% of N.

I tried to think about all the Nitrogen compounds I know, but I wasn't succesful even with the very first reaction. Then I tried a different approach and rather than just making up compounds I know and testing this chain, I tried to count the molar weight of the first compound (since I know it contains 27.8% of N) and I got about 50.4. When I tried searching to a compound containing Nitrogen that has molar weight of 50.4 I had no luck.

Could you please advice which way to go and what compounds could that be?
Title: Re: Nitrogen reactions
Post by: RedViper9 on January 20, 2017, 09:59:40 PM
Your math is correct: If a molecule consists of 27.8% nitrogen, and contains only one nitrogen atom, the molecular weight must be 50.4. A molecular weight of 50.4 does not give you many atoms to play with, but what molecular weight do you get if you assume there are two nitrogen atoms? Three nitrogen atoms? etc.?

Would these molecules still give you a molecular composition of 27.8% nitrogen?

What molecular formulas can you get with these molecular weights?