What is the correct formula of a compound that has ten oxygen atoms and four phosphorus atoms?

1 Answer
Jun 24, 2017

Answer:

#"P"_4"O"_10#

Explanation:

The number of atoms of each element in the compound is represented by subscripts following the symbol of each element.

Therefore, we can write a compound with #color(red)(4# atoms of #sfcolor(red)("phosphorus"# and #color(blue)(10# atoms of #sfcolor(blue)("oxygen"# as

#color(red)("P"_4)color(blue)("O"_10)#

(#"P"# is the symbol for phosphorus, and #"O"# is the symbol for oxygen.)