Both types of bonds

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Lelija Kazlauskas 3J
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Both types of bonds

Postby Lelija Kazlauskas 3J » Sun Nov 10, 2019 7:34 pm

Is it possible for a bond between two atoms to be both ionic and covalent at the same time?

Althea Zhao 1B
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Re: Both types of bonds

Postby Althea Zhao 1B » Sun Nov 10, 2019 7:38 pm

Yes! No bond is purely one or the other.

John Arambulo 1I
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Re: Both types of bonds

Postby John Arambulo 1I » Sun Nov 10, 2019 7:39 pm

Yes, but ionic bonds are almost always between the cation and anion whereas covalent bonds are shared between atoms. Ionic bonds can have covalent character while covalent bonds can have ionic character which is why Dr. Lavelle didn't specify if the bond is ionic or covalent when the difference in electronegativity is between 1.5 and 2.

Cynthia Rodas 4H
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Re: Both types of bonds

Postby Cynthia Rodas 4H » Sun Nov 10, 2019 7:47 pm

It is possible, however the differentiating factor between the two types of bonds comes down to their physical and chemical properties. For example, covalent bonds are typically between two nonmetals whereas ionic bonds are typically between a metal and a nonmetal. You could also observe their difference in electronegativities.

Claire Stoecklein 1E
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Re: Both types of bonds

Postby Claire Stoecklein 1E » Sun Nov 10, 2019 11:01 pm

yes, all bonds are a mixture of these two.

Sydney Pell 2E
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Re: Both types of bonds

Postby Sydney Pell 2E » Sun Nov 10, 2019 11:35 pm

Covalent bonds have ionic characteristics if they share their electron unequally (if one element is more electronegative than the other, but not enough to become completely ionic). This is called a polar covalent bond. One side of the molecule is more positively charged and one side is more negatively charged because of this unequal sharing of the electron, which causes the molecule to have charges just like an ionic bond.

Michelle N - 2C
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Re: Both types of bonds

Postby Michelle N - 2C » Mon Nov 11, 2019 3:47 pm

Yes! Some ionic bonds show covalent characteristics while some covalent bonds show ionic characteristics.


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