Which of the following elements can form four bonds with other atoms?
- STEPHENLv 78 months ago
Do your own homework.
- pisgahchemistLv 78 months ago
Four bonds .....
I assume you mean bonds to four atoms. You don't specify if the species are neutral or ions.
S ........ SF4 ....... sulfur tetrafluoride
Si ....... SiCl4 ..... silicon tetrachloride
Br ....... BrF4^- ... tetrafluorobromate(III) anion
P ........ PF4^- .....tetrafluorophosphite(III) anion
All four elements can form species with four bonds.
- Anonymous8 months ago
If you are talking strictly four bonds, then it is silicon. Other atoms can expand their octet shell by bonding with more than four atoms & a general rule of knowing whether an atom forms multiple bonds is if they are in the 4th row and below. So like the transition metals & nonmetals.
- Roger the MoleLv 78 months ago
S can in SO2.
Si can in SiO2.
P seems to do that in P4O8, but not all the P atoms in that compound do.
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- GTBLv 78 months ago
Si - silicon is a group 4 element