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Differentiate between monoatomic and polyatomic molecules?
Describe the classification of molecules?
Difficulty: Medium

Classification of molecules:

Molecules can also be classified as monoatomic or polyatomic


Monoatomic molecules:

A molecule that contains only one atom is called monoatomic.


Inert gases consist of monoatomic molecules such as He, Ne, Ar, kr, Rn.


Polyatomic molecules:

Molecules that contain two or more similar or different atoms are called polyatomic molecules.


H2, O2, HCL, NH3 etc are polyatomic molecules