Ionic v.covalent bonds

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Ionic v.covalent bonds

Postby Ying Yan 1F » Thu Oct 24, 2019 1:14 pm

Just to clarify, the way we distinguish between whether a compund is bonded "covalently" or "ionically" is to see if the atoms in the compound are bonded metals to nonmetal(ionic) or nonmetal to nonmetal (covalent)? Sorry this is such a terribly worded question, I hope you guys can still understand what I'm trying to get at.

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Re: Ionic v.covalent bonds

Postby Catherine Daye 1L » Thu Oct 24, 2019 1:24 pm

Yes, exactly! Also, note that elements in ionic compounds give and take electrons from each other, while elements in covalent compounds share electrons.

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Re: Ionic v.covalent bonds

Postby romina_4C » Thu Oct 24, 2019 1:42 pm

You're correct! You can also compare the electronegativities of the of the atoms involved in the bond. If the difference between their electronegativities is greater than 1.6, then the bond is ionic.

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Re: Ionic v.covalent bonds

Postby AArmellini_1I » Thu Oct 24, 2019 1:47 pm

Yep! With that being said you can use the periodic table to determine what bond two elements will likely make

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Re: Ionic v.covalent bonds

Postby McKenna_4A » Thu Oct 24, 2019 2:37 pm

Generally yes. Just remember that ionic bonds result in "giving away" or "reviewing" electrons and covalent bonds result in sharing electrons

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Re: Ionic v.covalent bonds

Postby Anthony Hatashita 4H » Thu Oct 24, 2019 4:34 pm

Yeah you're right, I think it also has to do with whether or not the electrons are shared between the atoms or just taken from one to the other as well.

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Re: Ionic v.covalent bonds

Postby Anvi Brahmbhatt 4A » Thu Oct 24, 2019 8:33 pm

You are correct! Also, in covalent bonds the electrons are shared, while they are not shared in ionic bonds.

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Re: Ionic v.covalent bonds

Postby Junwei Sun 4I » Thu Oct 24, 2019 8:44 pm

Your understanding is correct. Basically ionic bonds are formed between metals are nonmetals, and covalent bonds are formed between nonmetals and nonmetals. In an ionic bond electrons are transferred and ions are formed. In a covalent bond electrons are shared.

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