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Explain carbon compounds based on orbital and bonding energies to compare with si

  1. Oct 30, 2011 #1
    why carbon can form polymers and sillicon not? though both are tetra valent. explain this based on its orbital and bonding energies
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  3. Oct 30, 2011 #2


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    Are you sure there are no silicon polymers? (Hint: look up silicones)
  4. Oct 31, 2011 #3


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    In silicones Si atoms are not directly connected, they are connected through oxygen atoms - while carbon chains are a backbone of many carbon based polymers. I guess that's what the question aims at.
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