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Coordinate covalent bonds

Posted: Wed Nov 27, 2019 1:32 pm
by Sanjana Munagala_1j
Since a coordinate bond is formed when a lewis base donates both electrons to a lewis acid, why is it still considered a covalent bond?
Thanks!

Re: Coordinate covalent bonds

Posted: Wed Nov 27, 2019 1:50 pm
by Laura WM 3I
I believe a coordinate bond is still covalent, because electrons are technically being shared (even if it is uneven) rather than fully donated, which would make it ionic.

Re: Coordinate covalent bonds

Posted: Wed Nov 27, 2019 3:39 pm
by Kellylin_4D
It is covalent because the electrons are still shared between the two atoms, one atom is not giving away both their atoms. For example, a kid with two snacks do not give away both their snacks, they share their snack with the kid with no snacks.

Re: Coordinate covalent bonds

Posted: Wed Nov 27, 2019 3:40 pm
by Kate Osborne 1H
Although one atom is contributing 2 electrons, these electrons are being shared by the two atom that the bond is between rather than being transferred from one atom to another.