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White phophorus and sulfur both are called molecular solids even though each is made of made phosphorus and sulfur, respectively. How can they be considered molecular solids? If this is true, why isn't diamond (which is made up only of carbon) a molecular solid?

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Interpretation:

White phosphorus and sulfur both are considered as molecular solid even though each is made of only phosphorus and sulfur. This must be explained. Why diamond is not considered as molecular solid though it’s made of only carbon must also be explained.

Concept Introduction:

Molecular solids are solids which are made up of discrete molecules which means particular number of atoms are there in a molecule.

Explanation

As per the structures there are four phosphorus atoms per white phosphorus molecule. Similarly there are eight sulfur atoms in a sulfur molecule...

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