Lewis Structure for Ammonium chloride

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Madelyn Cearlock
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Lewis Structure for Ammonium chloride

Postby Madelyn Cearlock » Sun Nov 04, 2018 9:58 pm

Can someone please explain to me why the Cl- is not connected to the ammonium molecule?

Kyleigh Follis 2H
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Re: Lewis Structure for Ammonium chloride

Postby Kyleigh Follis 2H » Sun Nov 04, 2018 10:02 pm

Ammonium chloride is a molecule joined by an ionic bond, so for the lewis structure it is represented by its respective ions NH4+ and Cl-.

Jessica Castro 2H
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Re: Lewis Structure for Ammonium chloride

Postby Jessica Castro 2H » Sun Nov 04, 2018 10:06 pm

By calculating the formal charge of each atom, we can tell that this is an ionic bond. Remember in ionic bonds, the valence electrons are TRANSFERRED, while in covalent bonds, the atoms are shared. That is why in this ionic bond, ammonium (the cation) and chloride (the anion) are not connected.

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Re: Lewis Structure for Ammonium chloride

Postby Madelyn Cearlock » Mon Nov 19, 2018 1:41 pm

thank you so much!! it makes sense now.


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