Covalent or Ionic?

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Fiona Grant 1I
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Covalent or Ionic?

Postby Fiona Grant 1I » Fri May 25, 2018 3:51 pm

I was wondering how sigma and pi bonds fit in with covalent and ionic bonding? Do they only occur in one or the other, or can they be present in any type of bond?

Natalie Noble 1G
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Re: Covalent or Ionic?

Postby Natalie Noble 1G » Fri May 25, 2018 3:52 pm

Only covalent bonds have sigma and pi bonds, as covalent bonds are formed by the overlapping of orbitals (sharing electrons). There has to be covalent bonding to have this overlap which is characterized by sigma and pi bonds. Ionic bonds do not have sigma and pi bonds because ionic bonds are NOT formed by sharing electrons, so they do not have overlapping orbitals.

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