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why this compound is written like this
« on: July 15, 2004, 03:50:57 PM »
I was reading howstuffworks.com on landmines, and it gave the chemical composition of dynamite:

C3H5(ONO2)3

Now I understand the basics of explosives is that they should contain their own oxygen, and some nitrogen, and carbon. What I don't get is the second part of this compound. To me it looks like O-N-O-O. Why would it be written ONO2 instead of NO3? Obviously they're not the same thing, but why? Is it written like that to describe the physical shape of the molecule?

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Re:why this compound is written like this
« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2004, 10:56:41 PM »
Dynamite is simply nitroglycerin stabilized by some diatomaceous(sp?) earth.  The formula was written as C3H5(ONO2)3 because the oxygen atoms is connected to the carbon chain and not the nitrogen atom.  So it was written in order to explain the structure of the molecule.   ;D
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