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Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsChemistry · 1 decade ago

When a white powder is heated, it produces a colourless gas& a black solid.Is the white powder an element?why?

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3 Answers

  • Paul
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    Since the white powder is producing multiple products, it is unlikely to be an element. Since elements have only 1 type of atom in them, forming two different compounds would be highly unlikely.

    The only way this would be possible is if the element was reacting with something in the air. Even then, getting two products out of that would be very, very difficult.

  • 5 years ago

    Colourless Gas

  • 1 decade ago

    This is clearly a decomposition reaction. This means that a compound is breaking down into simpler compounds, or elements, due to the heat.

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