# Stability of Nitromethane

Why is nitromethane not especially reactive? $\ce{NO2}$ is stable by itself, so why does it stay attached to $\ce{CH3}$?

• 1) There’s stable and there’s stable. 2) ‘But chloride is stable by itself, why should methyl chloride also be stable?’ (Meaning: one is irrelevant for the other.) – Jan Dec 12 '16 at 22:59
• @Jan makes sense, but what bond exists between the two molecules? – Deltab Dec 13 '16 at 1:08
• A $\sigma$ bond. – Zhe Dec 13 '16 at 3:17
• – Nilay Ghosh Dec 13 '16 at 16:05