Question about Distorted Electrons

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Jacqueline Lee
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Question about Distorted Electrons

Postby Jacqueline Lee » Wed Oct 14, 2015 4:22 pm

Can someone explain to me how distorted electrons work? Is it just the bigger atom drawing the electron from the smaller atom closer to the bigger atom? How is this considered a covalent character?

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Re: Question about Distorted Electrons

Postby Chem_Mod » Thu Oct 15, 2015 11:28 pm

All ionic bonds are not entirely ionic, but also have some covalent character. The amount of covalent character is related to how much the electrons involved in bonding are distorted. This distortion means that more electron density is present between the two nuclei than if the bonds were wholly ionic. If the bond was entirely ionic, the anion would hold all of its electrons equally around its nucleus, but in this case, more of the electrons are held in the direction of the cation. The cation "pulls" electron density from the anion. This is considered covalent character because in covalent bonds, the bonding electrons are shared between two atoms and exist in the space between the two nuclei.

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Re: Question about Distorted Electrons

Postby Meredith Shuffett 2C » Fri Oct 16, 2015 12:30 pm

Distortion has to do with when the electron density is present between two nucleii.


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