What is the relationship between diatomic molecules and diatomic elements?

1 Answer
Dec 11, 2016

Diatomic elements are a subgroup of diatomic molecules.


Every molecule that consists of two atoms is diatomic. Only if the two atoms are the same there is a diatomic element.

So #O_2# is a diatomic element (and thus a diatomic molecule)
#HCl# is a diatomic molecule, but not a diatomic element.