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Being covalent we can conclude that they will on heating decompose completely, but will they give only NO2 and not any other oxide is the question.

It is observed in PbNO3, AgNO3 and also LiNO3(the anomalous behaviour of Li) that they decompose on heating to give NO2 and the above mentioned nitrates possess good amount of covalent character. So as a rule can i remember that all covalent nitrates decompose to give NO2 or there are any exceptions to it?

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    $\begingroup$ I would not classify those as 'covalent' nitrates. $\endgroup$ – Lighthart Apr 23 '16 at 15:03
  • $\begingroup$ Xenon nitrate has unusual mechanism of decomposition. $\endgroup$ – Mithoron Apr 23 '16 at 15:19

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