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Borax has only 8 water of crystallization yet why is it called Deca hydrate

Borax has only 8 water of crystallization yet why is it called Deca hydrate

Grade:12th pass

2 Answers

Nishant Vora IIT Patna
askIITians Faculty 2467 Points
4 years ago
Dear student,

Borax has 10 water ofcrystallization only and not 8.
Molecular formula is
Na2B4O7·10H2O
dolly bhatia
200 Points
4 years ago
Borax, also called tincal or sodium tetraborate decahydrate has the formula (Na2B4O7·10H2O). So, borax has ten water of crystallization and not eight. Hence, it is known as tetraborare decahydrate.

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