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Which of the following molecules of elements has the highest atomicity?


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A
Oxygen
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B
Nitrogen
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C
Phosphorus
Correct Answer
D
Sulphur

Solution

The correct option is A Sulphur
The number of atoms constituting a molecule is known as its atomicity. Each molecule of oxygen (O2) is composed of two oxygen atoms. So the atomicity of oxygen is 2 (diatomic).

On the other hand, nitrogen and phosphorus are triatomic and tetraatomic, respectively.

Among the given options, sulphur has the highest atomicity of 8 (octatomic molecule), since its molecule (S8) comprises of eight sulphur atoms.

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