Questions tagged [electronegativity]

Refers to ability for an atom in a covalent framework to attract electron density to itself. Do not conflate with electron affinity, which is the ability of a lone atom (or molecule) to attract an electron to itself. Both are measured in joules/mole.

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What happens if the electronegativity difference is exactly 2.1?

I'm learning about electronegativity in atoms and how their difference affects the type of bond they make. I know that no difference makes a non-polar covalent bond, a difference less than 2.1 is a ...
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Electronegativity in krypton and xenon?

Why do krypton and xenon have high electronegativity? Noble gases are supposed to be "happy" with the amount of electrons they have, because they have 8 valence electrons (thus, most noble gases have ...
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Galvanic cell using NaCl, Cu and Zn, why does it work?

Got a paper due tomorrow in chemistry, and my friends and I are totally stuck on this: Basically we mixed some regular salt (NaCl) into a glass of water and stuck a zinc nail and a copper nail into ...
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Inductive effect and hyperconjugation - one elephant, different parts?

Are the inductive effect and hyperconjugation both different ways of looking at the same phenomenon - i.e. methyl groups donate negative charge for example. Inductively we can argue that carbon is of ...
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How does an atom's electronegativity change as it becomes more negatively charged?

I had a question about the carbon atom specifically. Carbon has 4 valence electrons, with electronegativity 2.55 (approx). If I was to fire electrons at the carbon atom, each carbon will occupy up to ...
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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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Which atom goes in the middle of a lewis dot structure?

I've read online in multiple sites that the least electronegative atom goes in the middle with the exception of H, which always goes on the outside. However, in the molecule NaCN, C is in the middle. ...
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Carbonyl carbon electropositivity?

Is the carbon in a carbonyl functional group electropositive? I had a professor tell me so, but I immediately refuted him, because he defined electronegativity earlier as the ability to stabilize ...
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Ionic Character

Can ionic character also be construed as a poor sharing of electrons rather than simply as the taking of electrons? For example, NaCl is ionic, and that's because the chlorine takes sodium's one ...
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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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What should be the oxidation state of oxygen in HOF (hypofluorous acid)?

What should be the oxidation state of oxygen in $\ce{HOF}$ (hypofluorous acid)? Sources on the internet have confused me. Most state its oxidation state to be 0, while the others state that it is -2 (...
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In which of the following compounds does Cl have the most positive partial charge?

The problem is : In which of the following compounds does Cl have the most positive partial charge? SCl2 ,, HCl ,, BrCl ,, OCl2 ,, before I go through how I will solve this problem .. There is ...
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Why does ozone have an electrostatic potential map similar to that of SO2?

This is the electrostatic potential for ozone. This is the electrostatic potential for sulfur dioxide. (Click to enlarge) They look almost exactly the same except one is all oxygen atoms and the ...
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Why is carbon dioxide nonpolar?

I understand that polarity corresponds to an electronegativity difference and that the larger the electronegativity difference, the more polar the bond. However, I have read that carbon dioxide is ...
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Calculating the electronegativity of an element from bond dissociation energies

Calculate the electronegativity of fluorine from the following data: $$\begin{align} \text{BDE}(\ce{H-H}) &= \pu{104.2 kcal/mol} \\ \text{BDE}(\ce{F-F}) &= \pu{36.6 kcal/mol} \\ \text{BDE}(\ce{...
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Why does acetyl have negative charge?

"Acetylation (adding an acetyl group) and phosphorylation (adding a phosphate group) make the histones more negatively charged because acetyl and phosphoryl groups are negative. They are "glass is ...
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Electronegativity of Potassium (Pauling)

Just a little question, I was taught that the electronegativity of potassium[K] is 1, but I recently discovered most internet resources say 0.82. Some even say both. What is the actual ...
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Hydrogen halide acidity

Why is it that $$\mathrm{p}K_\mathrm{a}(\ce{HF}) < \mathrm{p}K_\mathrm{a}(\ce{HCl}) < \mathrm{p}K_\mathrm{a}(\ce{HBr}) < \mathrm{p}K_\mathrm{a}(\ce{HI}),$$ even though the electronegativity ...
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Electronegativity Considerations in Assigning Oxidation States

I have never seen anything other than a set of rules like these when textbooks present how to assign oxidation numbers. Such as these: However, if we keep in mind that oxidation numbers are simply ...
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Why are bonds ionic when the electronegativity difference between bonded atoms is greater than 1.7?

I'm learning about how to recognise whether a bond is ionic or covalent, based on the difference in electronegativity between the two bonding partners, $\Delta \chi$. What I have now is a formula: ...
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Why does attractive forces of nucleus increase more than shielding across groups?

When you study the electronegativity of the elements, the general trend is that it rises with increasing group number, and decreasing period. Supposedly this is because the attractive forces of the ...

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