Molecule

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What is a molecule?

A molecule is a group of atoms bonded together that can take part in a variety of chemical reactions performed by the body.

There are different types of molecules:

Homonuclear – is a molecule that consists of two identical atoms containing the same elements. These elements include Hydrogen (H2), Nitrogen (N2), Oxygen ( O2), Fluorine ( (F2), Chlorine ( (Cl2), –Iodine ( (I2), and Bromine (Br2). These seven elements are so reactive that they can be found very often bonded with another atom of the same type.

Diatomic – a molecule consisting of two atoms containing the same or different chemical elements. Examples of Diatomic molecules include O2 and CO.

Heteronuclear Diatomic molecules consist of two atoms containing the same elements. Examples of these types of molecules include carbon monoxide, hydrocholoric acid (HCl) , and Hydrogen Flouride (HF)carbon monoxide, hydrocholoric acid (HCl), and Hydrogen Flouride (HF)

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