Turn on thread page Beta

Whats the difference between a compound and a molecule ??? watch

    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    12
    ReputationRep:
    Whats the difference between a compound and a molecule ???
    Offline

    10
    ReputationRep:
    A compound has more than one type of element, e.g. H20, NH3

    A molecule has the same type of elements, e.g. H2, O2, N2

    EDIT:

    Opps mixed it up a bit,

    A molecule is any substance (compound or not) that has atoms chemically bonded together.

    But a compound is a molecule that must have different elements involved.

    Technically what I said was true because a molecule could have the same type of elements, but I didn't explain it clearly and distinguish between the two.
    Offline

    16
    ReputationRep:
    Yeah, and a compound can never be a molecule, basically because of what adesola said.
    Offline

    13
    ReputationRep:
    A compound is made up of more than one element. A molecule can be made up of just one element or more than one.
    Offline

    16
    ReputationRep:
    Molecule is same element compound is a mixture like water or salt
    Offline

    17
    ReputationRep:
    Interesting that people got this wrong already.

    - A molecule is a group of atoms (2+) held together by a bond (ionic, covalent etc.).
    - A compound is a molecule made up of more than one element.

    Anyone who says a molecule is made of only one element is wrong.
    Offline

    13
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by adesola15)
    A compound has more than one type of element, e.g. H20, NH3

    A molecule has the same type of elements, e.g. H2, O2, N2
    You're confusing the terms element and molecule here. I'll outline some of the definitions for you.

    Molecules are structures formed when atoms of any element covalently bond to each other. These include beryllium chloride BeCl2, ammonia NH3 and water H2O. They also include things like H2 and O2 which contain only one element.

    Here's some adorable pictures of them:

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikiped...ule_3D.svg.png
    http://f.tqn.com/y/chemistry/1/S/W/a/ozone.jpg
    https://zorach.files.wordpress.com/2...e-molecule.jpg

    The above are water, ozone and glyphosate.

    Normally molecules have a finite size, but there's also such things as macromolecules. These are a special case because the molecule can in theory be infinitely big but always has a finite size in practice. Fullerene tubes are a good example of this. Things like antibodies and enzymes are also molecules, though they're often called macromolecules due to the sheer size of them but these don't have theoretically infinite sizes. It's a bit misleading really. You can see why though when you look at this behemoth: https://www.amgenscience.com/static/...cule-image.jpg

    I mean just look at this guy! This one's is human thioredoxin, another monster! http://spdbv.vital-it.ch/TheMolecula...mages/avgd.gif


    If you search google images for molecules you'll get loads of these pictures, scientists make/find them and we get all like "OMG CHECK OUT THIS MOLECULE IT'S SO COOL!!!!111!!!!!" The smaller ones are just as awesome though, especially my beloved hydrogen peroxide! :daydreaming:

    One thing to watch out for is the different types of fullerenes. Some like the nanotubes and also fullerene bowls are macromolecules while others, like bucky balls aren't. You can even get fullerene tubes with bucky balls stuck to them, a structure called a 'nanobud:' http://cdn.phys.org/newman/gfx/news/...EM_cnt_c60.jpg

    You can also get fullerene tubes growing inside fullerene tubes! When this occurs with bucky balls you get what's referred to as a nano-onion!

    http://www.hzdr.de/db/PicOri?pOId=11390

    Fullerenes are awesome aren't they? But I digress...

    A compound is a structure formed when a bunch of atoms of different elements bond together. Salts and molecules with more than one element in them are examples of these. Here's some:

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikiped...l-3D-ionic.png
    http://www.newhealthadvisor.com/imag...0045/PART1.jpg
    http://chimie-sciences.univ-amu.fr/s...halidomide.png

    An element is an atom with a certain proton number. So for example, oxygen has a proton number of 8 and all atoms with 8 protons in their nucleus are oxygen atoms.

    A salt is an ionic compound wherein ions are attracted to each other via the electrostatic force, which holds the compound together.

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikiped...al-3D-SF-B.png
    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikiped...xtal-3D-SF.png

    I better stop or I'll be here all night. I hope this helps!
    Offline

    15
    All gone.
    Offline

    13
    ReputationRep:
    People are getting confused over the term 'element'. 'Element' doesn't mean 'atom'. A molecule is made up of more than one atom, and those atoms can be of the same element or different ones.
    Offline

    17
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by EricPiphany)
    I can't believe this ****.
    ikr

    I swear this was pre-GCSE knowledge
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Alexion)
    Interesting that people got this wrong already.

    - A molecule is a group of atoms (2+) held together by a bond (ionic, covalent etc.).
    - A compound is a molecule made up of more than one element.

    Anyone who says a molecule is made of only one element is wrong.
    So can something be both? Like H20, can it be a compound AND molecule?
    Offline

    17
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by A$aprocky)
    So can something be both? Like H20, can it be a compound AND molecule?
    Yes. H2O is a compound molecule.
    Offline

    13
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by adesola15)
    A compound has more than one type of element, e.g. H20, NH3

    A molecule has the same type of elements, e.g. H2, O2, N2

    EDIT:

    Opps mixed it up a bit,

    A molecule is any substance (compound or not) that has atoms chemically bonded together.

    But a compound is a molecule that must have different elements involved.

    Technically what I said was true because a molecule could have the same type of elements, but I didn't explain it clearly and distinguish between the two.
    Still mixed up I'm afraid. Compounds aren't exclusively molecules, salts are compounds too. Molecules contain covalent bonds between the atoms whereas salts contain ionic bonds between the ions. A chemical bond can be either so you must always specify which type you're dealing with.
 
 
 

University open days

  1. University of Cambridge
    Christ's College Undergraduate
    Wed, 26 Sep '18
  2. Norwich University of the Arts
    Undergraduate Open Days Undergraduate
    Fri, 28 Sep '18
  3. Edge Hill University
    Faculty of Health and Social Care Undergraduate
    Sat, 29 Sep '18
Poll
Which accompaniment is best?
Useful resources

Study tools

Rosette

Essay expert

Learn to write like a pro with our ultimate essay guide.

Thinking about uni already?

Thinking about uni already?

See where you can apply with our uni match tool

Student chat

Ask a question

Chat to other GCSE students and get your study questions answered.

Creating

Make study resources

Create all the resources you need to get the grades.

Planner

Create your own Study Plan

Organise all your homework and exams so you never miss another deadline.

Resources by subject

From flashcards to mind maps; there's everything you need for all of your GCSE subjects.

Papers

Find past papers

100s of GCSE past papers for all your subjects at your fingertips.

Help out other students

Can you help? Study help unanswered threads

Groups associated with this forum:

View associated groups

The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE

Write a reply...
Reply
Hide
Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.