What is the nature of non-metallic oxides?

Non-metallic oxides are acidic in nature.

Non-metallic oxides

Non-metallic oxides are formed by the reaction of non-metals with oxygen. They react with a base to give salts and water. Let us consider the Calcium hydroxide (base) reaction with carbon dioxide (non-metallic oxide) to produce salt and water.

Ca(OH)2 + CO2 → CaCO3 + H2O

  • Sulphur burns in the air to produce sulphur dioxide.

2S + O2 → SO2

  • Other examples of non-metallic oxides – CO, NO2, Cl2O, XeO4

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