Chemistry: The Molecular Science (5th Edition)

Published by Cengage Learning
ISBN 10: 1285199049
ISBN 13: 978-1-28519-904-7

Chapter 1 - The Nature of Chemistry - Questions for Review and Thought - Topical Questions - Page 41d: 53


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The law of multiple proportions suggests that atoms must combine in whole number ratios to create compounds. This is supported by atomic theory. We see when drawing nanoscale diagrams that there can be multiple different combinations of atoms for bonding. For example, we know that both $CH_2$ and $CH_4$ exist.
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