Problem: Which of the following compounds is the most stable? PbH4 SiH4 GeH4 CH4 SnH4 

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We’re being asked to identify the most stable compound


The stability of each compound can be related to their bond strength and bond length:

▪ the stronger the bonds, the closer or the smaller the distance between the atoms
higher bond strengthshorter bond length 


To answer this, we're going to compare the atomic radius of the elements bonded to H:

Atomic radius represents the distance from the nucleus to the outer shell of an element. 

Trend of atomic radius in the periodic table:

decreases going from left to right of a period

increases going down a group

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Which of the following compounds is the most stable? 

PbH4 

SiH4 

GeH4 

CH4 

SnH4 

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