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Lewis Structure for Ionic Bonds

Posted: Sat Nov 02, 2019 7:51 pm
by Jessica Esparza 2H
Does anyone know when certain bonds would go inside the brackets or not? For example, ammonium chloride has the bonds between N and H4 inside brackets while Cl is outside with the negative charge. When would you know that you have to have certain ones separated by brackets while others are fine with bonding?

Re: Lewis Structure for Ionic Bonds

Posted: Sat Nov 02, 2019 8:21 pm
by Amanda Lin 2I
I believe it goes around the one with the overall charge.

Re: Lewis Structure for Ionic Bonds

Posted: Sat Nov 02, 2019 9:09 pm
by Kendall 3H
I think ions on their own generally are not bracketed, such as Cl-; however, ionic compounds are bracketed. So, when there are multiple atoms that make up a molecule that has a charge all together, there should be a bracket to show that it is the entire molecule that is charged, not just one atom in the molecule.

Re: Lewis Structure for Ionic Bonds

Posted: Sat Nov 02, 2019 10:13 pm
by faithkim1L
Charged molecules are completely bracketed with the total charge written outside in the top right corner outside the brackets.

Re: Lewis Structure for Ionic Bonds

Posted: Sat Nov 02, 2019 10:16 pm
by Haley Pham 4I
The brackets go around ionic compounds that have a total net charge.