Large Anion + Small Cation

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Large Anion + Small Cation

Postby 405289292 » Mon Nov 04, 2019 4:00 pm

Are large anions more covalent when paired to small cations?

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Re: Large Anion + Small Cation

Postby Brian Tangsombatvisit 1C » Mon Nov 04, 2019 4:40 pm

The ionic bond behaves more covalent when you have a large anion and small cation, since the anion has a lower electronegativity and the cation has a higher electronegativity. This results in covalent-like behaviors since the cation and anion are more likely to share the electrons between them, rather than the anion taking all of the electrons away from the cation.

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Re: Large Anion + Small Cation

Postby Matthew Chan 1B » Wed Nov 06, 2019 10:44 pm

When there is a large difference in the electronegativity between two elements, the electrons from the large electron dense regions of the large anion are pulled away from that region and (more electrons = more shielding, so electrons are held less tightly) closer to the small cation and the electrons are located in a region generally in the middle area between the two ions, which is a display of covalent character.

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