A molecule in which the total number of electrons is not equal to the total number of protons, giving it a net positive or negative electrical charge.

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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, ...
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Why is Aluminium Chloride a Lewis Acid if it's an ionic compound?

In my textbook it says in the reaction $\ce{AlCl3 + Cl- -> AlCl4-}$, Aluminium Chloride ($\ce{AlCl3}$) has six valence electrons and accepts a lone pair from $\ce{Cl-}$, but wouldn't that mean the ...
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Solvent for copper(I) iodide, copper(I) thiocyanate, silver iodide for HTM deposition; safety for methylammonium lead iodide

I'm a student working in a high school laboratory that is looking to pursue research into perovskite cells for next year, but I have some solubility and safety questions. What would be a good solvent ...
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Are metallic/ionic bonds weaker than covalent bonds? I was taught the opposite. Now I'm confused

In mineralogy class, I was taught that metallic and ionic bonds are weaker than covalent bonds and that's why quartz and diamond have such a high hardness value. However, in organic chemistry class, I ...
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Temperature changes when salts dissolve in water

Please help me! I got this as an assessed investigation question and I really do not know where to start, or how I going to conduct this investigation. I understand that I should include information ...
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Why does $\ce{NaCl}$ ionize in $\ce{H2O}$ despite its strong ionic bond? [duplicate]

If $\ce{NaCl}$ is such a strongly bonded ionic compound, why it does it disassociate so readily in $\ce{H2O}$? One would think that because of the very strong ionic bond it would not disassociate it ...
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How do i find out which species is colourless? [closed]

Among the following $$\ce{TiF6^{2-},\ CoF6^{3-},\ NiCl4^{2-},\ CuCl2}$$ how do i find the species which i colorless If possible please provide the concept used to deduce the result it will be very ...
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The Crisscross method for finding the chemical formula

I am reading this wikipedia article that I don't understand. What I don't understand is: suppose we have two elements $X$ and $Y$ having oxidation numbers $x$ and $y$ respectively. Can we prove ...
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How would one compare the magnitude of covalent character between SnCl4 and SnF2 using Fajan's Rules?

It is easy to compare two ionic compounds when one of the ions is same. However, how do we compare two compounds if one of the ions is the same element but just has different charge and the other ion ...
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Ionic Strength of 0.1M of HEPES?

HEPES, the buffer, has the chemical formula $\ce{C8H18N2O4S}$. Using the Ionic Strength formula from Wikipedia. I have calculated that $0.1M$ of HEPES would have a strength of $1.7M$, would it be ...
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Is pyrite (FeS2) an ionic or a covalent compound?

I have searched all over the web and found a lot of diverse explanations, but none of them are concluding exactly whether $\ce{FeS2}$ (solid - pyrite) is a covalent or an ionic compound. From ...
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Reaction between Zinc and Sulfur

Would the reaction between zinc and sulfur be $$\ce{Zn_{(s)} + S_{(s)} -> ZnS_{(s)}}$$ or $$\ce{8 Zn_{(s)} + S_8\ _{(s)} -> 8ZnS_{(s)}}$$ I know that $\ce{S}$ and $\ce{S8}$ are allotropes of ...
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Chemical Bonding

A Covalent bond involves overlapping of orbitals while an Ionic bond involves charge separation. Why is overlapping of orbitals less stronger than charge separation,i.e., why is an Ionic bond stronger ...
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Why are cations ordinarily smaller than anions?

I'm reading on ionic crystal structures and am confused by this from my textbook: Because the metallic elements give up electrons when ionized, cations are ordinarily smaller than anions I ...
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Ionic or covalent bond

Which bond is stronger, ionic or covalent? I have a lot of confusion about this.
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How to identify ionic compounds

I have a Chemistry lab in which I must design and carry out an experiment to determine the compound in each of eight numbered vials. Each vial contains one of these ionic compounds: BaCl2 CaCO3 ...
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Why do ionic compounds dissociate whereas coordinate complex's won't?

An ionic bond is the bonding between a non-metal and a metal, that occurs when charged atoms (ions) attract after one loses one or more of its electrons,and gives it to the other molecule, for ...
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How did Halogens become known as Halogens? They are not the only elements that form salts!

Having never given it a though before, I recently discovered (in a different context) that the prefix halo- actually means 'salt' or 'sea' and the suffix -gen means 'to form' or 'to generate'. So the ...
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How are pure substances (elements, compounds, etc) produced?

How are large quantities of the substances we use in the lab generally produced? (As in the process from getting the stuff out of the ground to use in the lab) How 'pure' are they? Also: is it ...
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Why is the melting/boiling point of ionic bond higher than covalent bond?

As the title says, why is the melting and boiling point of ionic bond usually higher than covalent bond? I know that compounds with ionic bonds are usually solid at room temperature, so I want other ...
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Acid-Base Reactions

I am getting confused about this the more problems I do on it. My understanding was that only strong acids and strong bases will react to produce water and a salt. Something like this: Molecular Eq: ...
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valence electrons in azide ion

We had a test and and we had a question asking the number of Valence electrons in an azide ion((N3)- ). I find out that the answer is 16 but I could not understand how. I saw the structure. It ...
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Is there a word for a compound that has both ionic and covalent bonds?

For example, calcium carbide (CaC$_2$) has covalent C‒C bonds and ionic Ca$^{2+}$‒ C$_2^{2-}$ bonds.
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Coordination number of CsCl (high school chemistry)

Question: Suggest an explanation for the coordination number in the $\ce{CsCl}$ lattice being different from those in $\ce{NaCl}$. Standard answer: Caesium ion is larger than sodium ion, ...
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If Copper has 2 valance electrons and Sulfide 6, Why dont they bind in pairs?

Simple question, the average neutral copper atom has 2 valance electrons, and Sulfide 6. Wouldn't the two electrons jump from copper and bind to sulfide? The empirical formula is : $\ce{Cu + S -> ...
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Will gaseous ionic compounds be free moving ions?

I knew while learning about electrolysis that if the ionic compound is molten it becomes free moving ions. If that is the case, what will happen if I continued heating till it reaches the boiling ...
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Separating NaClO from its aqueous form in bleach

I was wondering, can I separate the NaClO from the H2O in bleach. The decomposition point for NaClO is 374.14 K, so I'm risking decomposing the compound if I do simple distillation. What should I do? ...
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How to determine stable electron states in ionic and covalent bonds?

I'm working on a program that needs to determine if a bond between two or more elements will result in a stable state. I understand at a high-level how to fill electron subshells using the Aufbau ...
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What is the correct name for this lab technique [crystallization]

Take a glass rod and rub vigorously the wall of the flask, the substance will crystallize out of the solution. Take a fire polished stirring rod and etch (scratch) the glass of your beaker. The small ...
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Why do Magnesium and Lithium form *covalent* organometallic compounds?

Lithium and magnesium are Group 1 and Group 2 elements respectively. Elements of these groups are highly ionic, and I've never heard of them forming significantly covalent inorganic compounds. Yet ...
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Are there any ionic amorphous solids?

This question on NaCl crystalization actually got me wondering: are there any ionic amorphous solids? Like ionic crystals are crystalline materials of electrostatically-attracted ions, can ions form ...