Chemistry: The Central Science (13th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 0321910419
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Chapter 2 - Atoms, Molecules, and Ions - Exercises - Page 77: 2.79d


Phosphine: $PH_{3}$

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They say the phosphine is also known as phosphorus. The absence of a prefix on phosphorus indicates that there is only one phosphorus atom in this molecular compound. The prefix tri- on hydride indicates that there are three hydrogens. Therefore the chemical formula of phosphine is$PH_{3}$
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