Difference between a molecule and a compound???

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SmartUnicorn
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I am so confused.

everything I read about molecules and compounds say the exact same thing for each other and yet they are different?

can someone please explain the difference as summarised and simple as possible? thank you X

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Molecules are two or more atoms of an element chemically bonded together.
Compounds are two or more atoms chemically bonded together, where the atoms are of at least 2 different elements.

I.e. All compounds are molecules, but not all molecules are compounds.
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(Original post by nzy)
Molecules are two or more atoms of an element chemically bonded together.
Compounds are two or more atoms chemically bonded together, where the atoms are of at least 2 different elements.

I.e. All compounds are molecules, but not all molecules are compounds.
wait so
the difference is that molecules are from the same element?
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(Original post by SmartUnicorn)
wait so
the difference is that molecules are from the same element?
Not necessarily. Molecules are any substances made from more than one atom, including ones made of atoms of the same element (like H2) AND ones made from atoms of different elements (like H2O). Compounds are specifically the molecules made from atoms of different elements, but they’re still a kind of molecule. H2O is both a compound and a molecule, but H2 is just a molecule.
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