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Super Common Mistake: Diatomic Elements

Super Common Mistake: Diatomic Elements

Shouldn’t there be two atoms of every diatomic element? Many students get confused by the diatomic elements. Bromine, Iodine, Nitrogen, Chlorine, Hydrogen, Oxygen, and Fluorine always form diatomic molecules and pair up. You don’t find just one atom of a diatomic element on its own. But then, why do many chemical formulas like H2O and LiBr, have just one atom of a diatomic molecule? We talk about this super common mistake and misconception.
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