Department of Pre-University Education, KarnatakaPUC Karnataka Science Class 12
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Account for the Following: Oxygen Shows Catenation Behavior Less than Sulphur. - Chemistry

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Account for the following: Oxygen shows catenation behavior less than sulphur.

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Solution

Sulphur shows catenation behavior more than that of oxygen because the oxygen atom is smaller in size as compared to sulphur, the O-O bonds in oxygen experiences repulsions due to the lone pairs present on oxygen atom and therefore, are weaker as compared to the S-S bonds.

Concept: Concept of Group 16 Elements
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