what do you mean by catenation?

Asked by gargi bairwa | 20th Feb, 2012, 02:55: AM

Expert Answer:

Catenation is Connection of links or union of parts, as in a chain; a regular or connected series. Catenation in nitrogen is limited to two or three atoms . Hydrazine , NH2 - NH2 , the  simplest catenated N-N compound is unstable with respect to disproportionation  to elements . The higher homologues become increaseingly unstable . The P-P compounds are comparatively more  stable . In As , Sb and Bi , the property of catenation is still less and decrease in the order P > N > As >> Sb >>> Bi .

Answered by  | 20th Feb, 2012, 12:00: PM

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