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Nitrogen has a reasonable oxidation number in all of the following compounds, and yet one of them is not stable. Which one and why? i) NF3 ii) NF5 iii)

HNO3 iv) NO v) N2O5



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V) N₂O₅ is the unstable compound.

The presence of N₂ is the hint of its instability. N₂ is a dinitrogen molecule and is an unstable compound because nitrogen a triple bond with itself.

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