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Lewis Structure for Ammonium chloride

Posted: Sun Nov 04, 2018 9:58 pm
by Madelyn Cearlock
Can someone please explain to me why the Cl- is not connected to the ammonium molecule?

Re: Lewis Structure for Ammonium chloride

Posted: Sun Nov 04, 2018 10:02 pm
by Kyleigh Follis 2H
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-.

Re: Lewis Structure for Ammonium chloride

Posted: Sun Nov 04, 2018 10:06 pm
by Jessica Castro 2H
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.

Re: Lewis Structure for Ammonium chloride

Posted: Mon Nov 19, 2018 1:41 pm
by Madelyn Cearlock
thank you so much!! it makes sense now.