Electronegativity Difference from 1.5-2

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Jeannine 1I
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Electronegativity Difference from 1.5-2

Postby Jeannine 1I » Fri Nov 09, 2018 8:33 pm

I know the general rule for categorizing ionic vs covalent bonds, is knowing the difference in electronegativities of the atoms involved, and if it's less than 1.5 it's covalent, and if it's greater than 2 it's ionic.

What exactly is the bonding type, or what happens between the atoms, when the electronegativity difference falls between 1.5 to 2? I feel like it's been explained, but I never really got a clear answer.

Samantha Pacheco 2K
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Re: Electronegativity Difference from 1.5-2

Postby Samantha Pacheco 2K » Fri Nov 09, 2018 8:46 pm

When the electronegativity is between 1.5-2 the bond will exhibit ionic and covalent characteristics. The bond is neither completely covalent nor completely ionic. These bonds are also usually good in polar solvents.

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