Ionic & Covalent Bonds

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Michael Du 1E
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Ionic & Covalent Bonds

Postby Michael Du 1E » Wed Oct 30, 2019 10:33 pm

Can anyone please explain to me how bonds can potentially have both ionic and covalent character? thank you.

Victoria Zheng--2F
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Re: Ionic & Covalent Bonds

Postby Victoria Zheng--2F » Wed Oct 30, 2019 10:58 pm

Bonds can have both ionic and covalent character because electrons are not shared equally between the elements. Even though the electrons are shared, which gives them a covalent character, some elements will have greater electronegativity, which allows them to pull the electrons closer to them, making the element to have a slightly negative charge. Meanwhile, the other element will have a slightly positive charge, which makes the molecule become polar, thus giving them an ionic character. I hope this helps.

Victor James 4I
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Re: Ionic & Covalent Bonds

Postby Victor James 4I » Fri Nov 01, 2019 1:52 am

looking at the electronegativity values might help, lavelle said between a difference of 1.5 and 2, bonds aren't definitely covalent or ionic

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