A compound 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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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 NaOH to a solution containing transition metal ions gives transition metal hydroxide precipitates. Why is NaOH soluble but transition metal hydroxides insoluble? I have ...
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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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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, ...
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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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Using Activities and extended Debye-Huckel equation, find the ph of the solution 0.020 M NaCl

This is from a study guide for an exam coming up. So the Question is: Use activities to calculate the pH of each of the following solutions, being sure to use $\mathrm{\alpha}$ values and the ...
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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 ...