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ISBN: 9781305081079
Textbook Problem

How many oxygen atoms are present in a molecule of diphosphoric acid?

  1. a. three
  2. b. five
  3. c. seven
  4. d. no correct response

Interpretation Introduction

Interpretation:

Number of oxygen atoms that are present in a molecule of diphosphoric acid has to be chosen from the given options.

Concept Introduction:

Esters are obtained when an acid react with an alcohol.  If the considered acid is a carboxylic acid then the obtained ester is an organic ester.  Same like carboxylic acids, inorganic acid also reacts with alcohol to form inorganic ester.

Phosphoric acid is one of the important class of inorganic acids.  Phosphoric acid undergo condensation with another molecule of phosphoric acid to form diphosphoric acid.

Explanation

Reason for correct option:

Diphosphoric acid is formed by condensation of two phosphoric acid molecules.  This can be represented as,

From the structure given for diphosphoric acid, the total number of oxygen atoms present in it is found to be seven.

Hence, option (c) is the correct one.

Reason for incorrect options:

Option (a) tells that the total number of oxygen atoms present in diphosphoric acid is three...

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