What atoms are in water?

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Sep 5, 2016

Answer:

Well, for a start, hydrogen and oxygen in a 2:1 ratio, hence #H_2O#.

Explanation:

The molecular formula of water is (as of course you know!) #H_2O#. The water molecule (as of course you know!) thus has 2 hydrogen atoms per oxygen atom.

And of course water is an excellent solute; it can dissolve both ionic and non-ionic solutes.

The boiling point of water is #100# #""^@C# at atmospheric pressure, which is unusually high. This is much higher than comparable molecules, #NH_3#, #H_2S#, #SO_2#. The degree and extent of hydrogen bonding that occurs in water, as an intermolecular force, can rationalize water's unusual properties as a solvent.