Problem: The correct name for the compound N2O3 is ___________.A) nitrogen oxideB) nitrogen trioxideC) dinitrogen trioxideD) dinitrogen oxide

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We’re being asked to determine the name of N2O3. Nitrogen and oxygen are both nonmetals. 


Recall that a covalent compound is composed of nonmetals which mean N2O3 is a covalent compound.


The rules for naming covalent compounds are as follows:

1. The first nonmetal is named normally and uses all numerical prefixes except mono.

2. The second nonmetal keeps its base name but has its ending change to –ide. It will also use any of the numerical prefixes.


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The correct name for the compound N2O3 is ___________.

A) nitrogen oxide

B) nitrogen trioxide

C) dinitrogen trioxide

D) dinitrogen oxide

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