A new molecule has been discovered. It is made of two atoms of and one atom of . The surface area of a molecule can tell us loads about the chemical and physical properties of the molecule, hence it is imperative that we calculate it.
If the surface area of an molecule is , then what is ?
Details and Assumptions
We can model the molecule as three overlapping spheres as shown in the animation. The white spheres are atoms of and the red sphere is an atom of
The radius of Sphere is 40 pm
The radius of Sphere is 60 pm
The distance between the centers of Sphere and Sphere is 80 pm