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What happens when lead nitrate is heated?

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When lead(II) nitrate is heated, it decomposes into lead (II) oxide, nitrogen dioxide and oxygen. The balanced chemical equation for this reaction is 2 Pb(NO3)2 (s) produces 2 PbO (s) + 4NO2 + O2 (g). Lead (II) nitrate is also called lead nitrate or plumbous nitrate.

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The heating of lead nitrate does produce toxic fumes of lead and nitrogen dioxide. The temperature at which this compound decomposes is 878 degrees Fahrenheit.

Lead nitrate can be a white or translucent crystal-like substance that has the chemical formula of Pb(NO3)2 or PbN2O6. Its molecular weight is 331.2098 grams per mole. Lead nitrate is also soluble in water, and it has a density of 4.53 grams per cubic centimeter.

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