Questions tagged [covalent-compounds]

For questions about covalent compounds - which are compounds in which all intermolecular bonds between atoms are considered mostly covalent - have a stronger covalent than ionic or metallic component. This tag is not to be confused with [bond].

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What are the Ionic Properties of Co-ordinate Covalent Bonds? [closed]

In my 10th grade book, it says that A coordinate bond has properties of both covalent and ionic bonds. Therefore, it is also called dative or co-ionic bonds. I understand that it has properties of ...
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If bond types are in reality intermixed, how come different bonds form completely different structures?

According to the bond triangle, compounds don't exist as solely ionic or solely covalent, but rather have ionic, covalent, and metallic character to them. So each bond type is connected and similar in ...
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What exactly is giant covalent molecule?

What exactly is the definition of "giant covalent molecule"? All sources online don't give a definition but instead, allude to properties of examples of giant covalent molecules (such as ...
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Distribution of Valence Electrons [closed]

I'm fairly confused over just how electrons are distributed in a molecule according to the lewis structure. The octet rule states that atoms have a tendency to have 8 electrons in their valence shell. ...
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How big a role does electron repulsion play in regard to the bond length of a covalent bond? [duplicate]

In a covalent bond, there are several forces acting together to determine the bond length. Electron-electron repulsion increases the bond length. Proton-proton repulsion increases the bond length. ...
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Does lithium form ionic hydride? [duplicate]

It is stated in my chemistry textbook that lithium indeed forms lithium hydrides. However, significant covalent characters could be found in lithium hydrides (like least reactivity). But in some other ...
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Comparing covalent characters of two halides of group 15

Which is more covalent : NCl3 or PCl5 and why? This question was asked on a test, and the given answer was NCl3. Shouldn’t PCl5 be more covalent since pentahalides are more covalent than trihalides?
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Why does steam store large amounts of energy?

We all know that steam can be used to perform mechanical work and steam has a high capacity for energy storage. But why does steam have such high energy capacity? I tried searching for answers on the ...
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Why can covalent compounds dissolve in organic solvents? [closed]

Why can covalent compounds dissolve in organic solvents? I researched about it a little and I found an article which said: "Mostly all organic compounds are non-polar in nature. Also, covalent ...
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How are compounds within a complicated mixture detected?

I was reading an article about an independent pharmaceutical watchdog group called Valisure which recently released a report stating that they found Benzene, a toxic substance, in many bottles of ...
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Lone pairs of electrons and covalent bonding [closed]

Every time I saw a covalent bond structure, I notice that there are always lone pairs or no electrons left in the outer shell of the atoms. Is it compulsory for covalent bonds to have lone pairs or no ...
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How do bond electrons covers both atoms in covalent bond? [duplicate]

I want to know how bonding electrons behave when they have to cover for both atoms. Electrons can spin around only one atom right? If so, then what happens when a covalent bond forms? Let's say we ...
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Why is it that nitrogen hybridizes in ammonia, yet in F2, fluorine does not [closed]

It seems rather arbitrary to me that we have decided that nitrogen sp3 hybridizes in ammonia to stay consistent with VSEPR, yet that fluorine uses its 2p orbital to bond with another fluorine in F2 (I....
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Is this analogy right? [closed]

Is my logic correct in this case ? Since the formal charge represents the charge the element possess in a covalent compounds, is it right to say that formal charge is the equivalent term for covalent ...
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Is Polyethylene Glycol always derived from Ethylene Glycol? If not, how does it differ?

I have heard Polyethylene Glycol is derived from Ethylene Glycol, so was doing some research to see how they differ and found this. Now this states that: Polyethylene glycol is produced from the ...
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Dielectric constant for gases possessing van der Waals forces [closed]

I've learnt that water can dissolve ionic bonds because it possesses a high dielectric constant. In the cases of covalent compounds (especially the non-polar covalent compounds), where the molecules ...
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How can I know which molecule is more stable when bond order it's equal?

So, I was wondering, I have these molecules $\ce{O^+2}$, $\ce{O^-2}$, $\ce{O2}$ and $\ce{C^+2}$. When I try to find their bond order and their magnetic nature I get this: $\ce{O^+2} = \frac{1}{2} \...
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Does boron form compounds without covalent bonds?

I have read that boron, due to the very high sum of its first three ionization energies, it is not able to form its +3 ions, and thus it generally forms only covalent compounds. But in a popular ...
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How to determine what covalent compound a substance is?

I have been given a substance which is unknown in my class. The substance is white in colour and is in a powder form. I have conducted a few tests and have found out that the substance is a covalent ...
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What kind of bond exists between a metal and a non-metal with a difference in electronegativity of less than 1.7? [duplicate]

I'm being taught that the kind of bonds that exist between elements depends on the electronegativity difference between the elements. A difference less than 1.7 is covalent and a difference higher ...
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How is dipole moment of ammonia less than sulphur dioxide? [closed]

Sulphur dioxide has only two bonds at 180º so shouldn't the dipole moment of molecule be 0 and as ammonia has 1 lone pair so it's dipole can't be 0 so how Sulphur dioxide has more dipole moment than ...
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If Electronegativity of Cl is greater than H2 then why is the bond angle of Cl2O greater than H2O? [duplicate]

If Electronegativity of Cl is greater than H2 then why is the bond angle of Cl2O greater than H2O? Cl2 has more EN than H2 and size of Cl2 is more than H2 but if we go according to EN then more angle ...
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Despite being less reactive,alkanes are highly flammable [closed]

I read in my book that alkanes are saturated compunds and the valencies of carbon are satisfied by single bonds. I knew that propane and butane are highly flammable and could cause explosion. My ...
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The order of increasing covalent nature in group 12 (Zn, Cd and Hg)

Suppose $\ce{Zn}$, $\ce{Cd}$ and $\ce{Hg}$ were to form a bond with the same element; say $\ce{ZnCl2}$, $\ce{CdCl2}$ and $\ce{HgCl2}$ Then which of the compounds would be showing most covalent ...
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How many covalent bonds are there in carbon suboxide?

Calculate the number of covalent bonds in $\ce{C3O2}$. Structure: I am confused. I can count covalent bonds as 8 by counting single-single bonds, but also I can say that there are 4 "double ...
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How does the position of hydroxyl group in a nucleotide monomer affect the dehydration synthesis of nucleotides?

In dehydration synthesis of nucleotides, the hydrogen atom from the 3' carbon on the deoxyribose sugar of one nucleotide reacts with the hydroxyl group on the phosphate group of another nucleotide to ...
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bonding in polar covalent bonds

I have recently learned that pure ionic and covalent bonds are just the extremes of a spectrum of bonds from this article from Chemguide. But I can't seem to square this with my understanding of how ...
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molecular orbital theory explaining molecular orbitals [closed]

i am a high school student,,and i am confused in molecular orbital theory,,,my confusion is that how bonding and non bonding orbitals are formed at the same time my teacher taught me that the two wave ...
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How do you explain partial charges in molecules that have a dipole? [closed]

For example if i have hydrogen and fluorine covalently bonded with each other, it would result in a polar molecule with the valence electrons being pulled closer to the fluorine than it is to the ...
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Covalent bond nature in electronegativity gap

Does a large difference in electronegativity mean the covalent bond is weaker? In a covalent bond between two atoms of different electronegativities, the bonding electrons are pulled towards the more ...
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What are the limitations of the Born-Lande' equation?

The Born-Lande' equation is used to theoretically calculate the lattice energy, $\Delta U$, of ionic compounds. It is often cited as such in literature, $$\Delta U = -\frac{k_Az_1z_2Me^2}{4 \pi \...
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Bond strength of carbon compounds

I read online that C=O is more stronger than C=N and the reason behind this was, 'Since bond between C and O is more polar hence it will have a slightly higher ionic nature than C and N. As we know ...
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Why does covalent bonding satisfy atoms?

Having to retake an introductory chemistry course has gotten me thinking. Covalent bonding is where electrons are shared between two atoms that both want more electrons. Let us take $\ce{O2}$ as an ...
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Covalent Bonds and Ionic Bonds [duplicate]

Covalent bond is a strong bond compared to Ionic Bonds but Ionic Compounds have higher melting and boiling points then covalent compounds. Why?
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Covalency of metal oxides in high oxidation states [closed]

So, metal oxides are generally basic, right? But in higher oxidation states their covalent character is predominant. For example in Mn2O7 the Mn - O bond is covalent. Why is that?
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Why is the number of covalent bounds typically formed by an element equal to 8 minus the group number? [closed]

Why would the number of covalent bounds typically formed by an element equal to 8 minus the group number? E.g for C, we have 8-4 bonds, for Cl, 8-7 bonds
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Why doesn't Oxygen form coordinate covalent bonds? [closed]

We know that an Oxygen atom has two lone pairs. Why doesn't oxygen then form coordinate covalent bonds using those since it has nothing to lose?
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Why does aluminum chloride have a higher lattice energy than aluminum fluoride?

From the table below (source: McMurry's Chemistry [1, p. 212]), it is evident that $\ce{AlCl_3}$ has a higher lattice energy than $\ce{AlF3},$ even though $\ce{F}$ is smaller than $\ce{Cl}$. Why is ...
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Why homolytic fission of polar molecules is possible at higher temperature?

While studying alkanes I came across the nitration of alkanes using Nitric acid at very high temperature, which apparently follows "free radical" mechanisms, by formation of OH° °NO2 free radical ! ...
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Lewis Structure of OF+

Would the Lewis Structure for OF+ be drawn so that the more electronegative atom has the more negative formal charge, or would it be drawn to satisfy the octet rule? Here are my thoughts thus far: ...
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Comparison of C-Cl bond length in CH3Cl and CF3Cl

How can one compare the $\ce{C-Cl}$ bond lengths in chloromethane ($\ce{CH3Cl}$) and chlorotrifluoromethane ($\ce{CF3Cl}$)? Bent's rule is also consistent with Gillespie's VSEPR model, and may ...
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Why are double bonds shorter than single bonds? [duplicate]

We're told in chemistry class that the order of bond length is: triple < double < single Can anyone explain WHY this is the case? Is it because multiple bonds involve stronger attraction ...
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Hydrogen Bonding by Carbenes

A hydrogen bond is formed between hydrogen attached to highly electronegative atoms (nitrogen, oxygen, and fluorine) which are small in size too and the non-bonding pair of electrons of another such ...
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What exactly is "oxidation state"? [duplicate]

the textbooks say that it is the amount of electrons lost or gained by an atom in a bond but in a covalent molecule the atoms never technically lose electrons ,instead share them to in such a way to ...
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Is it possible to have an allotrope of carbon as a long unbranched chain of itself?

Is it possible to have an allotrope of carbon with formula $\ce{(=C=)_n}$? Well, let's actually leave alone the separate question like from which "monomer" would one produce such a thing (can one ...
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Do temporary dipoles form in silicon(IV) dioxide?

Textbooks only ever mention covalent bonds between silicon and oxygen atoms in silica. However, as electron movement is random, one end of a silicon atom in a given instant could be more positive than ...
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Why are d(xy),d(yz) and d(xz) orbitals involved in d³s hybridisation?

Shouldn't d(x²-y²) dxy and dz² orbitals participate? Since this corressponds to the best case overlap? What factors decide the participating orbitals in hybridisation? P.S I am well versed with the ...
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Why are triple covalent carbon to carbon bonds drawn linearly in skeletal structure? [duplicate]

In the link see that cyclic C-C structure with a triple covalent bond is drawn with an angle, probably the only way to draw it but why is it drawn linearly in non-cyclic and not like single or double ...
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Is a hydrogen molecule smaller than hydrogen atom?

Recently I came across a textbook of physical chemistry which stated the following: In the formation of a stable hydrogen molecule, two hydrogen atoms share a pair of electrons between them and two ...
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Why is Lithium Chloride (LiCl) soluble in alcohols?

According do J.D. Lee's Concise Inorganic Chemistry, LiCl is soluble in alcohols because it has some covalent nature, althought it is mainly polar. Why would LiCl have covalent character? Why doesn't ...

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