Compounds in which at least some of bonds have ionic character stronger than covalent or metallic. Many compounds called salts are ionic compounds but not all of them.

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Few basic questions about ionic bonding and batteries (lead)

I've got a few very very basic questions about ionic bonds and their role in batteries. My assumptions (correct me if I'm wrong): Ionic bonds occur between a metal and a non-metal (the non-metal ...
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Produce CuCl2 from CuSO4

I have a large amount of copper sulfate available and I am interested in obtaining copper chloride from it. What is the easiest way to do so? I have considered mixing an aqueous solution of copper ...
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When Compounds are Considered Compounds and Their Types [closed]

I'm a bit new in chemistry, so I need help with a couple of things. Although I don't mind complicated answers, please try to keep it around high school level, and not rocket science. Thanks! Can ...
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Carbides of different elements

What property of the elements makes them forms different types of carbides like: $\ce{Be}$ and $\ce{Al}$ - $\ce{Be2C}$ and $\ce{Al4C3}$ (Methanides) contains $\ce{C^4-}$ ion $\ce{Na}$ and $\ce{Ca}$ ...
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Shapes of ionic compound

Can anyone explain the shapes of ionic compounds? What does it mean? What does the coordinate number mean? I know that in $\ce{NaCl}$, one $\ce{Na}$ atom is surrounded by 6 $\ce{Cl}$ atoms, and vice ...
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Why are so many ionic compounds brittle?

Even when ionic compounds are strong (e.g. rubies and sapphires), they are neither malleable nor ductile in the slightest, and if sufficient stress is put on them, they will shatter, not bend. Why is ...
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Calculating valence of oxides

Learning about Oxides. Basically when oxygen is combined with a metal. $$\ce{FeO}$$ This is called "Iron Oxide (II)" according to my book. Apparently, the II represents the valence. But how come? ...
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Can negative (abnormally) lattice enthalpies during the formation of ionic compounds exist?

Why do compounds form bonds? I've got three words for you: Less potential energy. I don't remember a case of positive lattice enthalpies $\ldots$ - My comment This makes me wonder. I remember ...
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Is an ionic bond more like a covalent bond or an intermolecular force?

I have asked a question loosely asking this, where I confused terms and did not specify what I wanted to know here, so I formed a new question. What are the differences and similarities between ionic ...
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Are all NO3- salts soluble in water? If so, why?

All the examples of $\ce{NO3-}$ salts are soluble in water (all that I know about). Is it always so or there is some salt which doesn't dissolve in water? If so what is the reason behind it?
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Will selenium react or bond, ionic or covalent, with vanadium?

I was recently asked if $\ce{Se}$ will bond with $\ce{V}$, creating a compound $\ce{SeV}$ . I am not sure if this is even possible but if so I'd like to find out.
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Can 100% covalent bonds exist?

Every covalent bond has some ionic character and every ionic bond some covalent character. I can understand why a completely ionic bond is an ideal situation. But completely covalent bonds can ...
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Does water ionically bond to chloride ion?

This user absolutely insists that when a chloride ion is present in water (for example, when $\ce{NaCl}$ dissolves in water) that $\ce{Cl-}$ ion is ionically bound to the hydrogen atom: ...
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Is F2 two fluoride ions or just one?

I'm attempting to write the balanced equation of the combination of lithium metal and fluorine gas. I understand that this will produce an ionic solid because it is a reaction of a metal and a ...
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Naming ionic compounds with multiple cations and anions

I have seen complex ionic compounds that have mixed anions and/or mixed cations. For Example I have seen this: $$\ce{NaKCl2}$$ Also known as Sodium Potassium Chloride. The only information I can ...
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Smoke alarm ion neutralisation

Smoke alarms are a necessary part of many modern day buildings, especially in laboratories and of course, the family home. According to the World Nuclear Association page Smoke Detectors and ...
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Inorganic Chemistry: Lattice energy, Madelung constant and Born Exponent

I would like to know if you can find Madelung constants in the data book and how to work out the born exponent for ionic structures such as NaCl, Its something simple but i dont know fully ...
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What is the net ionic equation of sodium hydroxide when it dissolves in water?

What is the net ionic equation of sodium hydroxide when it dissolves in water? For the net ionic equation I got $$\ce{NaOH(s) + H2O(l) -> NaH+(aq) + OH- (aq) + H2O(l)}$$ but it was wrong. Then ...
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Compounds that adopt the zincblende structure

Zinc sulfide, copper iodide and copper bromide all adopt the zincblende structure. My lecture notes suggest that this structure is adopted preferentially over the wurtzite structure if the bonding is ...
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What types of chemicals/ionic liquid could perform this type of separation? [closed]

Ionic Liquids separation of oil and sand.
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Why do ionic solids change to a structure with a higher coordination number at high pressures?

This seems counter intuitive to me since ionic radius increases with increasing coordination number. Surely the solid doesn't expand under high pressure? Can you explain?
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Why are transition metal hydroxides insoluble?

From what I understand, adding $\ce{NaOH}$ to a solution containing transition metal ions gives transition metal hydroxide precipitates. Why is $\ce{NaOH}$ soluble but transition metal hydroxides ...
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How can ionic substances have an infinitely-repeating lattice structure?

The title's pretty much it. At school, we're taught that ionic substances are composed of an infinitely-repeating lattice, with atoms at fixed angles from other atoms. How is this possible when I can ...
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Solubility determination of Ca(OH)₂ in water

In one problem it's asking me to find the solubility of $\ce{Ca(OH)2}$ in water. In that problem it assumes the starting concentration $\ce{OH}$ to be zero. But for other problems like $\ce{BaSO4}$ in ...
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Is sodium hypochlorite solution an ionic solution - does it conduct current?

Does an aqueous solution of sodium hypochlorite conduct current?
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What is the meaning of “superionic”?

I see the term "superionic" applied to high pressure water in articles like Giant planets may host superionic water, but I don't understand what the term really means. How is "superionic" ...
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Equation for salt formation for Ammonium Oxalate?

I'm having trouble finding out the salt formation equation for $\ce{(NH4)2C2O4}$ I thought it was $\ce{NH3 + H2C2O4}$ but that doesn't seem to balance out. $\ce{HC2O4-}$ seems to work, but are ions ...
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Can all water soluble ionic compounds conduct electricity?

I'm taking a first yer chemistry course at University, i am reading alot of contradicting things. Some people say that ionic compounds that are soluble in water are ALWAYS electrically conductive, ...
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How to measure the enthalpy change of hydration?

I am learning about lattice enthalpies, and my text book talks about determining the lattice enthalpy from the standard enthalpy change of solution and the enthalpy change of hydration of the ions, ...
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Why does Mg2+ have the ionic radii bigger than Ca2+

If they were atoms, $\ce{Mg}$ should have a smaller radii. How does this change?
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Comparing the nature of ionic compounds

I want to know how to compare the strength or stability of ionic compounds. Example : $\ce{Mg(HCO3)2}$ and $\ce{NaHCO3}$ I know that polarity and polarizability affect the ionic and covalent nature.
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Comparing the strength of metallic bonds

Why is the boiling point of iron higher than magnesium?
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Solubility of gold salt solution?

I was wondering what salts of gold are soluble and which are insoluble. From what I understand, silver is soluble as silver nitrate but insoluble as most other common salts like chlorides and ...
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Why are ionic compounds bad conductors of electricity in solid state?

I understand the fact that ionic compounds are good conductors of electricity in molten state. But why aren't they good conductors in solid state. Cannot ions vibrate about their mean position and ...
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How might you use a precipitation reaction to prepare a solution of CaCO3? [closed]

My question is how to write a balanced equation and the net ionic equation for the precipitation reaction. The question also says include state symbols in your equation. Unfortunately, I am not ...
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X[Y|Z] formulas

I often find formulas of minerals where some element symbols are grouped within square brackets and separated by a vertical bar. An example can be brochantite, whose formula I find expressed as ...
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Is table salt sticking to my laptop?

I was reviewing first posts here, and eating a juicy and salty (table salt) tomato at the same time. Suddenly, I realized that a few table salt crystals have been poured down on my mousepad. I got ...
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Why is PbCl₄ covalent?

My answer: The inert pair effect in $\ce{Pb}$ causes it to pull back the electrons, resulting in polarisation. My teacher's answer: An ionisation state of $+4$ is too difficult to achieve, and it is ...
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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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Ionic bonds- are electrons transferred?

In an ionic bond, are electrons actually transferred from one atom to the other to form a positive and a negative ion OR are ionic bonds just extremely polar covalent bonds? Sorry if this seems like a ...
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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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Why are electrons transferred in an ionic bond?

I've been taught at school that in an ionic compound like $\ce{NaCl}$, electrons are transferred from the $\ce{Na}$ to the $\ce{Cl}$ to form $\ce{Na+}$ and $\ce{Cl-}$ which both have full outer ...
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How do you solve a net ionic equation without a balanced equation?

In class, my professor went over a method for finding the net ionic equation without determining the balanced equation (e.g., if finding the balanced equation was too difficult for us students). It ...
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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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Ionic compounds dissolve in nonpolar compounds?

I think ionic compounds dissolve in just about any compound including nonpolar. My reasoning is this: Neutral electric charge attracts both positive and negative(This I know from doing things with ...
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Are non-ionic compounds generally as dehydrating as ionic compounds in drinking water?

In order to turn sea water into drinkable water, virtually all of the salt must be removed. By definition, salts are ionic compounds. I am assuming that there are other non-ionic compounds devolved ...
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Why does a Fluoride ion only have a -1 charge and not a -2 charge or more?

Transition elements can form ions with different charges. Why can't elements other than transition elements form ions with different charges? If it is a Fluoride ion, why does it have to be an anion ...
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Dipole moment - calculation of percentage ionic character

Question: The dipole moment of $\ce{HBr}$ is $2.60 \times 10^{-30}$ and the interatomic spacing is $1.41$. What is the percentage ionic character of $\ce{HBr}$? What I know is that the percentage ...
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What is Sodium Chloride like in gas state?

Since sodium chloride is sodium and chlorine atoms bonded as a lattice and there are no discrete molecules, doesn't that mean in gas state, sodium chloride is simply sodium and chlorine atoms separate ...
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Chemical bonding - lattice energy

Question: Why is ionic lattice energy inversely proportional to the radius of the atom? Most heterogeneous covalent molecules are polar to some extent. The degree of polarity, or the dipole moment, ...