What are binary compounds?

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Jan 12, 2017

Answer:

Binary compounds are compounds that contains exactly two different elements.

Explanation:

The prefix bi means "two". In chemistry, binary compounds are compounds that contains exactly two different elements.

Thus, compounds with polyatomic ions are not binary compounds.

E.g. Binary Compounds:
- #HCl#,
- #NaCl#,
- #H_"2"O#,
- #NH_"3"#.

E.g. Not Binary Compounds:
- #H_"2"SO_"4"#,
- #NaNO_"3"#,
- #LiOH#.
- #Ti(SO_"4")_"2"#

Note that certain acids are binary compounds.

Hope this helps :)