A chemical bond is an interaction between atoms which results in release of energy. It is one of the most fundamental concepts of chemistry. Existing bonds are broken and new bonds are formed in chemical reactions.

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Molecular bond angles

How do Bond angles vary in molecule with a lone pair and central atom of different electronegativity, but in the same period so that ecectronegativity matters more than orbital size? Assuming that the ...
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Bond Dissociation Temperatures for Hydrocarbons

I'd like to know the temperatures that various hydrocarbons such as methane, butane, and propane, etc. will dissociate into hydrogen and carbon. Is there a reference where I can look up these ...
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How do we experimentally know the strength of bonds?

How do we experimentally measure the strengths of covalent versus ionic bonds? Also, for a given molecule, how can we know if two pairs of atoms is covalently or ionically bound? Related question: ...
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What holds atoms together?

1.I know atoms are held together by Ionic and Covalent bonds and i understand the ionically bonded atoms are held together by electrostatic forces. What about covalent bonds? 2.How are molecules of ...
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Why can't carbon form an ionic bond?

My textbook says that a $\ce{C^{4+}}$ cation cannot be formed because it requires a lot of energy to remove 4 electrons. Formation of ionic bonds involve "removing" electrons and there seems to be ...
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Why do acids ionize in solution if they are covalently bonded?

Maybe I am wrong, but I thought acids were covalently bonded since hydrogen doesn't form ionic compounds. For example, wouldn't $\ce{HCl}$ look like: Since the electrons are shared, why does it ...
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Diatomic halogens - bond strength

Why is the F-F bond relatively weak? And why does bond strength decrease from Cl-Cl to I-I? Does this have anything to do with "lone-pair" repulsions on the rather small F-F molecule? I haven't ...
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The structure of $H_3$

According to wikipedia $\ce{H^+_3}$ and $\ce{H_3}$ are possible and have been synthesized. It says that $\ce{H^+_3}$ is stable too. Can anyone please tell me how is the bonding possible? Hydrogen ...
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Why is KF the most ionic compound?

I saw somewhere (can't recall where) that KF is the most ionic compound. I expected CsF. Does the greater polarizability of Cs allow it to more easily form covalent bonds compared to K? Does this ...
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Does hydrogen bonding only occur between water molecules?

Does hydrogen bonding only occur between water molecules? Is the dipole-dipole intermolecular interaction know as hydrogen bonding because it is between water molecules, or is called that because of ...
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What is the charge of Silicon dioxide?

What is the charge of Silicon dioxide ions? I can't find it anywhere. It seems to be 0? Also is there anywhere I can find these on my own?
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Show the vibrational frequency of F2- is much lower than that of F2

Basically I need to draw the molecular orbital for $\ce{F2}$ and then answer a bunch of questions about it. I have drawn it correctly, as far as I know, but I don't know how to use it to show that the ...
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Why do atoms “want” to have a full outer shell?

Okay, so I know that this is about filling the orbitals of the atom, and I understand that. What I don't understand is why? For example, an Oxygen atom has 8 protons and 8 electrons spinning around ...
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Is the transformation of pi bonds to sigma bonds always energetically favorable?

Is the move from pi bonds to sigma bonds always favorable? My professor claims so, except in the case of conjugated pi bonds. I can see how pi bonds going to sigma bonds might be favorable; I know ...
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By what mechanisms can molecules with the same empirical formula be so different?

I understand the difference between empirical and chemical formula. But I always thought that compounds and molecules took their specific shape because it's the lowest energy configuration. How then, ...
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Hydrogen bond question

Can anyone help me with this question I have tried everything. I know hydrogen bonding is with F,O, or N but every time I select those is says it's wrong. Any help is appreciated
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Simple explanation of dative bonding [closed]

I need a simple explanation of dative bonding. I am a student that has learnt simple covalent bonding and ionic bonding, but I need help to learn dative bonding. This if for an urgent assignment, so ...
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Bent's rule for Sulfur trioxide and Sulfur dioxide

How is Bent's rule applied on $\ce{SO3}$ and $\ce{SO2}$? Bond length of $\ce{SO3}$ < $\ce{SO2}$. Is this a direct consequence of applying the Bent's rule?
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Chemical bond of adsorbed atoms

When oxygen is adsorbed on iron metallic surface, does it create Fe-O bonds like the one in iron oxide? Can it be considered as a monolayer of iron oxide on the ...
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ATP break down and energy release?

I have a very basic question. Energy is absorbed to break bonds. Bond-breaking is an endothermic process. Energy is released when new bonds form. Bond-making is an exothermic process. But ATP breaks ...
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Quick way to find magnetic nature of compounds or ions

According to the Molecular Orbital Theory, the method to check whether a given compound is paramagnetic or diamagnetic is to draw the molecular orbitals and then to see whether we have all the ...
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Metal Compounds that bond covalently

I would like to ask if anyone has a list or knows which covalent compounds have metals in them. For example, beryllium and aluminium are both metals but they bond covalently with chlorine to form ...
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How can two orbitals constructively and destructively interfere simultaneously?

The molecular orbital theory dictates that when two atomic orbitals form molecular orbitals, then two molecular orbitals must form (i.e number of atomic orbitals = number of molecular orbitals). For ...
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What are the correct resonance structures of bromoethene?

Can anyone explain why my textbook only gives the following resonance structures? I also put two resonance case where the double bond electrons are moved on the individual carbon atoms.
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Electron distribution in a C-S bond

My lecturer said that in a $\ce{C-S}$ bond, sulfur is slightly $\delta^{-}$ and the carbon slightly $\delta^{+}$, although they have (almost) the same electronegativity. What is the cause of this ...
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Why is the bond in HF ionic while it is covalent in HCl?

Why would a hydrogen atom "donate" to Fluorine in an ionic bond but not in $\ce{HCl}$? Why would $\ce{H}$ and Chlorine share instead of $\ce{Cl}$ just stripping it away like $\ce{F}$ does?
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Bond Angles and intermolecular interactions

It's fun to consider bond angles of molecules in isolation. For example, what is the number of different bond angles exhibited by the most polar form of $\ce{SIBrClF2}$? However, can bond angles ...
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Which d orbitals of sulphur take part in the pi bonds of SO3?

In $\ce{SO3}$ 2 $p\pi-d\pi$ bonds are present. But which 'd' orbitals of sulphur take part in these $\pi$ bonds ? The answer says $d_{xy}$ and $d_{yz}$, someone also told me that crystal field ...
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Is this the correct mechanism of the formation of the nitronium (NO2+) ion from sodium nitrate and sulfuric acid?

I am currently working on a mechanism for forming paracetamol (or N-(4-hydroxyphenyl)-ethanamide). The typical reaction to nitrate the phenol (starting product) is $\ce{NaNo3}$ with a catalyst of ...
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What is the bond angle of H2O?

I have been trying to find out the bond angle of H2O, but every site I visit has a different answer. So far, I have found the following angles listed: Site 1: 104.4º Site 2: 107.5º OR 104.5º, ...
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What is Bent's rule?

I'm all bent out of shape trying to figure out what Bent's rule means. I have several formulations of it, and the most common formulation is also the hardest to understand. Atomic s character ...
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Oxidation state of HOF

Here is a structure of $\ce{HOF}$ (known as Hypofluorous acid). So there is a fact about Hypofluorous acid that I've been wondering about so many times before that what should be the oxidation ...
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Why does nitrous acid exhibit (unexpectedly) different bond angles?

Data Point 1 - quantum chemical calculations http://nzc.iap.ac.cn/uploadpdf/Wang_et_al._CSB_2007a.pdf Key points in paper: There is some sort of interaction between the hydrogen and the terminal ...
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Sulfur Trioxide - Ionic Character

I am told that the sulfur trioxide molecule exhibits charge separation because of poor p-orbital overlap. Sulfur's 3p orbitals are much bigger than oxygen's 3p orbitals, and thus the $\ce{S=O}$ bond ...
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Peroxide Linkages

Why are peroxide linkages generally weak? Is it due to Coulombic repulsions? I can't see how placing two oxygens with high degrees of partial negative character next to each other is a good thing in ...
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Nitric Oxide Dimerization

This is the molecular orbital diagram for nitric oxide: Now, we know that nitric oxide can dimerize. However, why does nitric oxide dimerize as to form an $\ce{N-N}$ bond? Why not an $\ce{O-O}$ ...
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Nitrogen dioxide dimerization

$\ce{NO}$ can't dimerize and that is explained because the free electron is in an antibonding orbital. The same is true for $\ce{NO2}$, but it can dimerize, how?
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Why does HCO₂⁻ exhibit delocalized bonding while CO₂ does not?

$\ce{HCO_2^-}$ exhibits delocalized bonding and $\ce{CO2}$ does not? What I am confused about is, that both of them have resonance structures. Therefore, why doesn't $\ce{CO2}$ exhibit delocalized ...
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How to draw resonance structures for CH3COCN

What are the resonance structures of $\ce{CH3COCN}$ molecule?
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Why does bond angle decrease in the order H2O, H2S, H2Se?

I know that bond angle decreases in the order $\ce{H2O}$, $\ce{H2S}$ and $\ce{H2Se}$. I want to know the reason. I think this is because lone pair repulsion but how?
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Why unbonded electrons exits in pair

Basically the term which we use to refer them is lone pair. In Lewis structure why we represent those unbonded electron in pairs. Like here (structure of SO2) Here if we assume both the unbonded ...
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IBrF2 - van der Waals repulsions - and number of unique bond angles

I understand that the molecule $\ce{IBrF2}$ is T-shaped, with three ligand atoms and two non-bonding pairs. However, how many unique bond angles can this molecule exhibit? My professor argues for ...
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Do filled Orbitals also hybridize?

Recently I was watching a video on Valence Bond Theory, on the MIT Open-Course youtube channel. The teacher there said that for hybridization to occur, electron promotion from fully filled orbitals to ...
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Why Aren't Chlorides Of The Noble Gases As Prevalent As Their Fluorides?

I can't find the answer to this question on this SE website, and I apologize for the repetition if it has been answered before. It is my understanding that compound formation has only been observed ...
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What is the proper Lewis structure for HCOOH?

I tried to draw the Lewis structure of $\ce{HCOOH}$ but I didn't get the correct representation. As you can see in the picture below, at no. 1, I put $\ce{C}$ as the central atom because it has less ...
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The definition of formal Charge

Ok, most people including me know that formal charge is just a book-keeping tool. I know how to calculate it, apply it to Lewis structures etc etc. But I am confused in its very basic definition which ...
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Identical bond angles

Is it possible to incorrectly predict that two bond angles are different from van der Waals repulsions alone? I'm thinking that because bond lengths differ when different atoms are involved that we ...
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How can a chemical structure be stored in a matrix?

How do I represent a chemical structure in a matrix format in Matlab? Can I input a chemical structure into Matlab using the S.M.I.L.E.S notation? I have to specify the connectivity of different ...
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What is the difference between a bond, force, and interaction?

I am trying to explain why some solids are more soluble in water than others: So the energy released from the formation of bonds between the solid solute molecules and water molecules compensate the ...
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What affects bond angles?

I have three factors in mind: 1) vdW repulsions 2) Bond length 3) Electron-electron repulsions. I know that vdW repulsions between ligand atoms push the atoms apart. And bond length obviously ...