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2NaF ( s ) + SiF 4 ( g ) Na 2 SiF 6 ( s )

Antimony reacts readily with stoichiometric amounts of fluorine, chlorine, bromine, or iodine, yielding trihalides or, with excess fluorine or chlorine, forming the pentahalides SbF 5 and SbCl 5 . Depending on the stoichiometry, it forms antimony(III) sulfide, Sb 2 S 3 , or antimony(V) sulfide when heated with sulfur. As expected, the metallic nature of the element is greater than that of arsenic, which lies immediately above it in group 15.

Boron and silicon halides

Boron trihalides—BF 3 , BCl 3 , BBr 3 , and BI 3 —can be prepared by the direct reaction of the elements. These nonpolar molecules contain boron with sp 2 hybridization and a trigonal planar molecular geometry. The fluoride and chloride compounds are colorless gasses, the bromide is a liquid, and the iodide is a white crystalline solid.

Except for boron trifluoride, the boron trihalides readily hydrolyze in water to form boric acid and the corresponding hydrohalic acid. Boron trichloride reacts according to the equation:

BCl 3 ( g ) + 3H 2 O ( l ) B (OH) 3 ( a q ) + 3HCl ( a q )

Boron trifluoride reacts with hydrofluoric acid, to yield a solution of fluoroboric acid, HBF 4 :

BF 3 ( a q ) + HF ( a q ) + H 2 O ( l ) H 3 O + ( a q ) + BF 4 ( a q )

In this reaction, the BF 3 molecule acts as the Lewis acid (electron pair acceptor) and accepts a pair of electrons from a fluoride ion:

Two Lewis structures are drawn and connected by a right-facing arrow. The left structure shows a boron atom surrounded by four fluorine atoms, each with four lone pairs of electrons. The left fluorine atom has a positive and negative symbol drawn next to it. The second image is the same as the first except the positive and negative signs are missing and the entire structure is surrounded by brackets. There is a negative sign outside and superscript to the brackets.

All the tetrahalides of silicon, SiX 4 , have been prepared. Silicon tetrachloride can be prepared by direct chlorination at elevated temperatures or by heating silicon dioxide with chlorine and carbon:

SiO 2 ( s ) + 2C ( s ) + 2Cl 2 ( g ) Δ SiCl 4 ( g ) + 2CO ( g )

Silicon tetrachloride is a covalent tetrahedral molecule, which is a nonpolar, low-boiling (57 °C), colorless liquid.

It is possible to prepare silicon tetrafluoride by the reaction of silicon dioxide with hydrofluoric acid:

SiO 2 ( s ) + 4HF ( g ) SiF 4 ( g ) + 2H 2 O ( l ) Δ H ° = −191.2 kJ

Hydrofluoric acid is the only common acid that will react with silicon dioxide or silicates. This reaction occurs because the silicon-fluorine bond is the only bond that silicon forms that is stronger than the silicon-oxygen bond. For this reason, it is possible to store all common acids, other than hydrofluoric acid, in glass containers.

Except for silicon tetrafluoride, silicon halides are extremely sensitive to water. Upon exposure to water, SiCl 4 reacts rapidly with hydroxide groups, replacing all four chlorine atoms to produce unstable orthosilicic acid, Si(OH) 4 or H 4 SiO 4 , which slowly decomposes into SiO 2 .

Boron and silicon oxides and derivatives

Boron burns at 700 °C in oxygen, forming boric oxide, B 2 O 3 . Boric oxide is necessary for the production of heat-resistant borosilicate glass, like that shown in [link] and certain optical glasses. Boric oxide dissolves in hot water to form boric acid, B(OH) 3 :

B 2 O 3 ( s ) + 3H 2 O ( l ) 2B (OH) 3 ( a q )
A photo of beakers, flasks, and graduated cylinders is shown. Each piece of glassware holds a different color liquid.
Laboratory glassware, such as Pyrex and Kimax, is made of borosilicate glass because it does not break when heated. The inclusion of borates in the glass helps to mediate the effects of thermal expansion and contraction. This reduces the likelihood of thermal shock, which causes silicate glass to crack upon rapid heating or cooling. (credit: “Tweenk”/Wikimedia Commons)

Questions & Answers

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mass number of carbon is 12.
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atomic number of oxygen is 8
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an atom is a smallest indivisible part of an element
an atom is the smallest part of an element that takes part in a chemical reaction
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buffer is the solution which resist the change in pH by addition of small amount of acid or alkali to it
neutralisation is the process of mixing of a acid and a base to form water and corresponding salt
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Its one of the fundamental sate of matter alone side with liquid, solid and plasma
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To my own definitions. It's a unit of measurement to express the amount of a chemical substance.
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It's the unit of measurements used to express the amount of chemical substance.
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Some metals will react depending on their Standard Electrode Potential. Carbonic acid is a very weak acid (i.e. a low hydrogen ion concentration) so the rate of reaction is very low.
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