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Problem: Consider the collection of nonmetallic elements O, P, Te, I and B. (c) Which two would be likely to form a compound of formula XY2? (d) Which combinations of elements would likely yield a compound of empirical formula X2Y3?

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Analyze the bond preference of the following: 

O → Group 6A →  prefers 2 bonds, 2 lone pairs

P → Group 5A →prefers 3 bonds, 1 lone pair

Te → Group 6A →  prefers 2 bonds, 2 lone pairs

I  → Group 7A →  prefers 1 bonds, 3 lone pairs

B → Group 3A →  prefers 3 bonds


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Consider the collection of nonmetallic elements O, P, Te, I and B. 

(c) Which two would be likely to form a compound of formula XY2

(d) Which combinations of elements would likely yield a compound of empirical formula X2Y3?

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