Formula for Mercuric Carbide: Hg^2C_{2}?

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In summary, the chemical formula for mercuric carbide is Hg<sub>2</sub>C<sub>2</sub>. The molar mass of mercuric carbide is approximately 388.65 g/mol. It is highly toxic and can cause severe health problems if ingested or inhaled. The melting point of mercuric carbide is approximately 400°C. It is primarily used in the production of mercury vapor lamps and as a catalyst in certain chemical reactions, as well as in laboratory experiments and research studies.
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One of my homework questions asks to give the formula for the compound mercuric carbide. I'm pretty sure that the symbol for mercuric is [tex]Hg^2[/tex] and the symbol for carbide is [tex]C_{2}[/tex], so does this make the formula [tex]Hg^2C_{2}[/tex]?? Or is it more complicated than that?
 
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sounds good to me but lose the superscript '2'.
 
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Your understanding is correct. The formula for mercuric carbide is indeed Hg^2C_{2}. This indicates that the compound is composed of two mercury atoms (Hg^2) and two carbon atoms (C_{2}). It is important to note that the subscript 2 in the formula indicates that there are two carbon atoms present in the compound. This formula is also known as the empirical formula, which represents the simplest whole-number ratio of atoms in a compound. There may be other possible structural arrangements of the atoms within the compound, but the empirical formula provides the basic composition of the compound. I hope this helps clarify any confusion.
 

Related to Formula for Mercuric Carbide: Hg^2C_{2}?

What is the chemical formula for mercuric carbide?

The chemical formula for mercuric carbide is Hg2C2.

What is the molar mass of mercuric carbide?

The molar mass of mercuric carbide is approximately 388.65 g/mol.

Is mercuric carbide toxic?

Yes, mercuric carbide is highly toxic and can cause severe health problems if ingested or inhaled. It should be handled with extreme caution.

What is the melting point of mercuric carbide?

The melting point of mercuric carbide is approximately 400°C.

What are the uses of mercuric carbide?

Mercuric carbide is primarily used in the production of mercury vapor lamps and as a catalyst in certain chemical reactions. It is also used in some laboratory experiments and research studies.

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