In Reply to: Re: Wrong! posted by new M3 on May 16, 1999 at 19:38:22:
: : :NO2 is Nitrogen Dioxide which I think is the case here, NO2 has 2 Oxygen atoms for every Nitrogen, this molecule decomposes to give more oxygen
: : --Actually, it is nitrous oxide that's used in automotive applications, nitrogen dioxide is a poisonous gas. The single oxygen molecule of nitrous is released from the nitrogen at a much lower threshold than it takes to split the two diatomic oxygen for use in combustion. So even though you're behind by one stoichiometrically, you're ahead in net thermal energy gain.
: So N2O is used, isn't that laughing gas??
: : : Please not that over 70% of atmospheric air is also Oxygen...
: : --Not even close. Try 21%.
: Ooops, I meant 30% approx not 70%, Duh!
: Over 70% is CO2.