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Problem: What is the correct formula of a compound that has ten oxygen atoms and four phosphorus atoms?A) 10 OP4B) P­4O10C) O10P4D) 4 PO10

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We are being asked to determine the correct formula of a compound that has ten oxygen atoms and four phosphorus atoms


First, let's determine what type of compound we have.

  • Oxygen → nonmetal 
  • Phosphorus → nonmetal
  • Nonmetal + nonmetal = Covalent compound


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What is the correct formula of a compound that has ten oxygen atoms and four phosphorus atoms?

A) 10 OP4

B) P­4O10

C) O10P4

D) 4 PO10

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