Ionic vs Covalent

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Carolina Lechuga
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Ionic vs Covalent

Postby Carolina Lechuga » Sat Dec 08, 2018 11:56 am

During lecture we were told that if the electronegativity difference was greater than 2 then it was and ionic bond but if it was less than 1.5, it was a covalent bond. However, in my discussion we were told that if it was <0.4 it was covalent, between 0.4 and 1.8 was polar covalent, and greater than 1.8 was an ionic bond. My question is did I copy one of these wrong or whats the true measurements?

Jocelyne Milke 1G
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Re: Ionic vs Covalent

Postby Jocelyne Milke 1G » Sat Dec 08, 2018 2:07 pm

I'm not sure about the second part but the first part is correct. In my notes I also have that if the electronegativity difference is greater than 2 it is ionic and if it is less than 1.5 it is covalent.

Daniel Kim 1D
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Re: Ionic vs Covalent

Postby Daniel Kim 1D » Sat Jul 13, 2019 3:04 pm

The book helps attest for the first part, but honestly there is probably some leeway to the numbers because of each elements bond length and/or other factors but I think it’s safe to think 2 and 1.5, easier to memorize as well!


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