A binary molecular compound is composed of two non-metal atoms covalently bound together by sharing electrons.
Look at the items below. Do you find anything familiar between these compounds? All these compounds are made up of two different types of elements. Such compounds are known as binary compounds. A binary molecular compound comprises two non-metal atoms that are covalently bound together by sharing electrons.
Step 1: When both elements in a compound belong to the same period in the periodic table, the element with the lower group number is mentioned first.
Step 2: If the elements belong to two separate periods, the element from the longer time will appear first. The elements should be listed in the correct order in the correct formulations.
Step 3: Greek prefixes indicate the number of every element in the combination. They're just placed in front of the element’s name they are changing.
Step 4: The second element's suffix is removed and replaced with "-ide"
CCl₄ = Carbon tetrachloride
N₂O₄ = Dinitrogen tetraoxide
BBr₃ = Boron tribromide
P₃I = Triphosphorus mono iodide
NO = Nitrogen monoxide
N₂O = Dinitrogen monoxide
S₂Cl₂ = Disulfur dichloride
Cl₂O₇ = Dichlorine heptoxide
1. How do you know if a molecule is binary?
To identify a compound, you must first determine what sort of compound it is by looking at its formula. Metal will always be the first element in the formula for a binary ionic compound, whereas a non-metal will always be the second.
2. What is binary in chemistry?
As a reaction between two non-metals, binary molecular compounds are created. Despite the absence of ions, these compounds are termed in the same way as binary ionic compounds.
3. Is H₂O a binary molecule?
H₂O is an example of binary compounds. Binary compounds are exactly two components; neither more nor less.
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