Testing for Gases

What are the General Tests for Nitrogen Gas?

1)  Nitrogen gas, N2(g) has no colour or smell.

2)  Nitrogen gas has no effect on moist litmus paper
or moist universal indicator paper - it is neutral.

3)  Nitrogen gas will put out a lit splint.


What is the Specific Test for Nitrogen Gas?

There is no specific test for nitrogen gas.  It is
notable for its inertness (the triple bond makes it unreactive).
Nitrogen is sometimes used in gas chromatography.

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