covalent character

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covalent character

Postby 005199302 » Sun Nov 25, 2018 5:49 pm

The textbook says that the greater distortion of the electron cloud on the anion, the greater the covalent character. Why is that the case?

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Re: covalent character

Postby 305154707 » Sun Nov 25, 2018 6:00 pm

If there is great distortion of an electron cloud, it means that electrons are being dispersed over several atoms. The electrons are not hovering around the anion as we would expect them to be if the bond was very ionic or polar. Greater sharing of electrons gives greater covalent character. Hope this helped!

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