Ionic character

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Michelle Nwufo 2G
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Ionic character

Postby Michelle Nwufo 2G » Sun Nov 11, 2018 10:32 pm

Can someone please confirm that ionic character is the difference in electronegativity between two atoms? Also can ionic character and polarity be used interchangeably?

armintaheri
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Re: Ionic character

Postby armintaheri » Sun Nov 11, 2018 11:55 pm

Bond polarity exists on a spectrum. On one side you have covalent, on the other side is ionic. You could replace covalent with nonpolar and ionic with polar. The more polar a bond gets (more electronegativity difference between the atoms) the closer it gets to the ionic side, so you say it has more ionic character. A lot of people talk about ionic and covalent bonds as if they are completely different things, but an ionic bond is just a really polar covalent bond. So the more polar a bond gets, the more "ionic character" it has. Just think of everything as a spectrum and it will make more sense.


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