Diatomic Molecules

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Elizabeth Kaplan 3I
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Diatomic Molecules

Postby Elizabeth Kaplan 3I » Sat Jan 23, 2021 10:38 pm

Dr. Lavelle mentioned in Friday's lecture that HBr and HCl are diatomic molecules, but I thought diatomic molecules were molecules like Br2, O2, N2. How do we know when a molecule is diatomic then?

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Re: Diatomic Molecules

Postby Faith Veenker 2K » Sat Jan 23, 2021 10:43 pm

I'm pretty sure any molecule with only two atoms is a diatomic molecule (the "di" means two). A diatomic element is a diatomic molecule with two of the same type of atom (Cl2, H2, etc.).

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Re: Diatomic Molecules

Postby Anya Holbrook 1E » Sat Jan 23, 2021 11:14 pm

Hi! Diatomic molecules are elements that form molecules consisting of two atoms bounded together. The examples you wrote are diatomic elements, not diatomic molecules like HBr.

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Re: Diatomic Molecules

Postby Inderpal Singh 2L » Sun Jan 24, 2021 2:26 am

A diatomic molecule is different from a diatomic element! Diatomic elements are two of the same element.

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Re: Diatomic Molecules

Postby Gian Boco 2G » Sun Jan 24, 2021 3:31 am

I think diatomic molecules are just molecules that involve two atoms in total while the diatomic elements allude to the elements that pretty much only exist in a homogenous diatomic arrangement such as O2 and H2.

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Re: Diatomic Molecules

Postby MMorcus2E » Sun Jan 24, 2021 4:21 am

Br2, O2, and N2 are examples of diatomic elements, which are basically elements that are mainly found in nature, in their most stable form, as two. Diatomic elements are a type of diatomic molecule, but I think Dr. Lavelle was referring to diatomic molecules as being literally any two elements bonded together. In context, he was saying that we have more accurate values for bond energy in diatomic molecules than we do for other types of molecules with more elements.

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Re: Diatomic Molecules

Postby Brian Nguyen 2I » Sun Jan 24, 2021 7:56 am

A molecule is considered diatomic so long that there are two atoms involved. O2, Br2, H2, etc are considered diatomic elements, since there are two atoms of the same element in a molecule.

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