The Stronger Bond  [ENDORSED]

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The Stronger Bond

Postby Olivia L 4E » Sun Oct 28, 2018 2:02 pm

Is a covalent or ionic bond stronger? I've heard people argue both. Also why is it that one?

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Re: The Stronger Bond  [ENDORSED]

Postby megansardina2G » Sun Oct 28, 2018 2:09 pm

Covalent bonds (both polar and nonpolar) are stronger than ionic bonds. Unlike the unequal "stealing" of electrons that occurs during ionic bond interactions, covalent bonds share electrons, which provides a more stable molecule with lower potential energy, thus making the bond stronger and harder to break. Since nonpolar covalent bonds share electrons most equally, they are the strongest. (Polar covalent bonds share electrons unequally, but they are still more stable and stronger than ionic bonds).

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Re: The Stronger Bond

Postby Sydney Stump » Sun Oct 28, 2018 2:28 pm

It depends on the circumstances which is why people are arguing both sides. In certain conditions covalent bonds are stronger while in other conditions ionic bonds are stronger.

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Re: The Stronger Bond

Postby Jordan Y4D » Sun Oct 28, 2018 2:42 pm

It always depends on circumstances. Most chemists will say ionic bonds are stronger, but stronger covalent bonds do exist, just less frequently. In water, covalent bonds will always be stronger than ionic bonds.

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