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    Hello,
    I've come across this question and I am struggling to answer it so help would be greatly appreciated.
    Would it be sufficient to say at GCSE level:

    that it is tetravalent so it can form up to four bonds which is a significant amount for an atom...?

    These four bonds have the possibility of going on infinitely... ?

    I was looking at another thread in which the same question was asked but was replied to being hard to explain at GCSE level or something along the lines of that.
    If it can be explained better at A level standard then that would also be helpful as long as explanations are detailed.

    Thanks in advance.
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    Bonding and Structure in Sand/Silica...

    - Giant Lattice Structure
    - Macro-Molecular Structure
    - So many Strong Covalent Bonds
    - one [Si] bonded with 4 oxygen atoms
    - one oxygen atom bonded with 2 [Si] atoms
    - High energy required to break these strong bonds
    - Hence the High melting point + boiling point

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    These four bonds have the possibility of going on infinitely... ? Yes!

    That is all you need to know for GCSE
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    (Original post by TheFootyKing19)
    [COLOR="Blue"]Bonding and Structure in Sand/Silica...[/COLOR]

    - Giant Lattice Structure
    - Macro-Molecular Structure
    - So many Strong Covalent Bonds
    - one [Si] bonded with 4 oxygen atoms
    - one oxygen atom bonded with 2 [Si] atoms
    - High energy required to break these strong bonds
    - Hence the High melting point + boiling point

    Did i answer your question?


    [COLOR="Red"]These four bonds have the possibility of going on infinitely... ? Yes![/COLOR]

    That is all you need to know for GCSE
    Thank you loads! So, basically its all its features that allow it to have giant structures? Please could you explain 'Macro-molecular structure.' And when you describe how much oxygen atoms sillicon bonds with are you basically saying that these are significant amount of bonds that could potentially lead to forming giant structures? I don't get oxygen being able to bond with 2 sillicon atoms! I though it's one.
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    If you write that - you'ld get full marks*

    macro molecular = massive massive structure

    just learn those
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    (Original post by TheFootyKing19)
    If you write that - you'ld get full marks*

    macro molecular = massive massive structure

    just learn those
    Thanks. Sorry I was mistaken. I did some diagrams to help me understand that one oxygen atom bonds with 2 sillicon atoms.
 
 
 
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