Diatomic Elements

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Diatomic Elements

Postby Cooper_Geralds_3B » Wed Oct 21, 2020 9:18 am

Hi, Does anyone know when we should make sure to calculate elements in their diatomic forms? For example, when finding calculating for empirical and molecular formulas, is there ever a time that we would not double the mass of nitrogen, oxygen, or any of the other elements that only exist in diatomic form/ or, do we know if the problem will make it clear that we need to calculate the elements in diatomic form?

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Re: Diatomic Elements

Postby Brianna Martilla 1C » Wed Oct 21, 2020 9:20 am

I believe the problem will state it is diatomic.

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Re: Diatomic Elements

Postby Ashlen Bullock 1H » Wed Oct 21, 2020 9:53 am

I usually do not use diatomic forms during mass composition. For instance, if the problem asks to find the amount of Cl in HCl. I think it usually depends on the problem whether or not you use diatomic molecules.

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Re: Diatomic Elements

Postby Andrew Wang 1C » Thu Oct 22, 2020 3:48 pm

I think you would use the diatomic form in calculations when the diatomic elements are alone (not bonded to anything else). Otherwise, you should use what is given in the chemical equation.

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