Questions tagged [ionic-compounds]

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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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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Isn't hydrogen chloride a salt, because it is an ionic compound? [closed]

So I just learned in chemistry that salts are ionic compounds. Shouldn't, $\ce{H+Cl-}$ be a salt since hydrogen ion has positive charge and chloride ion has negative charge? If $\ce{HCl}$ is a salt ...
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What is the correct molecular, total ionic, and net ionic reaction equation of reaction between magnesium nitrate and sodium chromate?

From the question, I think that the reactants are $$\ce{Mg(NO3)2(aq) + Na2CrO4(aq)}$$ But the problem is, I am confused about the result of the reaction. Is it $$\ce{MgCrO4}$$ and/or $$\ce{NaNO3}$$? ...
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How does covalent character affects the melting and boiling point of ionic compounds?

The melting and boiling point of ionic compounds is related to their lattice energy due to the formation of stronger ionic bonds between the oppositely charged ions. Generally, the greater the ...
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Databases for Enthalpy of Solution and Ionic Radii for Ionic Salts

I am looking to investigate the relation between experimental enthalpies of solution and theoretical enthalpies of solution calculated using theoretical equations for the lattice enthalpy and ...
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Are Group 2 metal fluoride salts less soluble in organic solvents than Group 1 fluorides?

It is clear that Group 1 metal fluoride salts DO NOT readily form solutions in organic medium. The amount of solvation that can occur leading to the eventual release of a fluoride ion depends on many ...
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Why is the thermal stability of calcium carbonate higher than that of magnesium carbonate even though lattice energy decreases down a group?

The difference in thermal stability of $\ce{CaCO3}$ and $\ce{MgCO3}$ can be explained using Fajans' rules, but why not using the lattice energy method? Why is the thermal stability of $\ce{CaCO3}$ ...
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Calculating Heat of Solution of a Compound comparing to other compound data

For example if I have a table with these data How can those data be compared with each other to find heat of solution of $\ce{KI}$?
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Determining ion charge using rate constants and ionic strength

I am given the following data: The rate constant $k$ at $\pu{25 ^\circ C}$ in a reaction of persulfate ions and iodide ions in a water solution is assumed to vary with the total ionic strength of the ...
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Seeing solubility in various cases

Match the following: $\begin{array}{|c|c|c|c|} \hline &\textrm{Column-I}&&\textrm{Column-II} \\\hline \textrm{(A)}&\ce{AgBr}&\mathrm{(p)}&\mathrm{(Solubility~in~water~is~more~...
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Why does iodine trichloride dimerize?

In which of the dimerization process, the achievement of the octet is not the driving force $\ce{2AlCl3 \to Al2Cl6}$ $\ce{BeCl2 \to BeCl2}$ (solid) $\ce{2ICl3 \to I2Cl6} $ $\ce{2NO2 \to N2O4}$ ...
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Can chemical composition be determined from elemental composition?

I have the energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy results from a sample of salt that I produced by collecting and processing ocean water by filtering, boiling, evaporating, and additional steps to try ...
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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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Does the salinity in seawater affect the process of alkaline hydrolysis?

I am an architecture student doing a project on crematorium spaces. I am looking at resomation or alkaline hydrolysis as an alternative method of disposition of a body. From what I gather from ...
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What happens when potassium iodide is added to a copper (II) salt?

$$\ce{Cu^2+ + KI -> ??}$$ I thought of this reaction: $$\ce{Cu^2+ + 2KI -> CuI2 + 2K+}$$ But since $\ce{CuI2}$ doesn't exist, the $\ce{I-}$ ions must reduce $\ce{Cu^2+}$ to $\ce{CuI}$ and ...
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Why are alkali metal compounds like sodium hydride or sodium amide strong bases but weak nucleophiles?

I understand why compounds such as $\ce{NaH}$ or $\ce{NaNH2}$ are weak nucleophiles: as they aren't very soluble in organic solvents, they react only on the clusters' surface. But why are they strong ...
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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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Are there any coordinate covalent bonds in potassium ferricyanide? [closed]

From my analysis, potassium ferricyanide has 3 ionic bonds between $\ce{K^{+}}$ & $\ce{[Fe(CN)_6]^{-3}}$. Between carbon and nitrogen atoms of 6 $\ce{CN^-}$ ions, there are $3\times 6=18$ covalent ...
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Is PbO ionic compound?

In IIT-JAM 2018, There was one question: "which one of the following oxides are ionic?" I have selected $\ce{PbO}$ but according to the official answer key, $\ce{PbO}$ isn't ionic. Although ...
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Forces operating in molten ionic solids

What type of forces exist between ions in molten ionic solids? If this force is electrostatic attraction only, then how is it different from electrostatic interaction when ionic compound exist as ...
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What force causes an electron to jump from say Na to Cl?

Every explanation I can find says something like: valence electrons in metals have low ionising energies and non-metals ''want'' to complete their valence shell. But I can't seem to get my head around ...
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Why is it advised to use neutral ferric chloride solution while performing confirmatory test for acetate ions? [duplicate]

The reaction of $\ce{FeCl3}$ with $\ce{CH3COO-}$ is $$\ce{3Fe^{+3} +6CH3COO- +H2O<=> [Fe3(OH)2(CH3COO)6]^{+} +2H^{+}}$$ Recently I read that a solution of $\ce{FeCl3}$ hydrolyses very quickly to ...
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Finding the atomic packing factor (APF) of Sodium Chloride and other FCC ionic compounds

For a piece of coursework I am doing, I need to calculate the atomic packing factor of some ionic compounds. I have had no formal teaching in this area, so what I know comes from information I have ...
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What would superionic water ice look like?

Phys.org's Giant lasers crystallize water with shockwaves, revealing the atomic structure of superionic ice links to Nature Physics: Experimental evidence for superionic water ice using shock ...
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On the exact definitions of Frenkel and Schottky defects

The wiki page on vacancy defects says; It is also known as a Schottky defect, although in ionic crystals the concepts are not identical. As far as I'm aware, they're the same. Furthermore, the wiki ...
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Help balancing reaction between Iron (II) chloride and potassium phosphate

Very rusty with chemistry and looking to review some basics. Came across the following: Iron(II) chloride and potassium phosphate react. Write and balance the molecular, ionic, and net ionic ...
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Why are entries missing on a solubility data chart for ionic compounds? [closed]

There is a solubility chart in my college chemistry class text for "Solubility of Ionic compounds in water". I have copied and pasted image of chart below. I was surprised to find a dozen ...
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Determining whether a compound is ionic or molecular in nature [closed]

$\ce{HCl}$ is a molecular compound because there is a covalent bond between $\ce{H+}$(a proton) and $\ce{Cl-}$ (a chloride ion) $\ce{NH4NO3}$ is an ionic compound because there is an ionic bond ...
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What exactly is lattice energy?

I was going through my chemistry textbook (Chemistry, 10th Ed. by Raymond Chang) when I encountered this explanation of lattice energy. 9.3 Lattice Energy of Ionic Compounds We can predict which ...
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Calculating the ionic strength for an aqueous solution containing potassium ferricyanide and sodium sulfate

I have the $100$ microM of K$_3$Fe(CN)$_6$ is dissolved in water and the following data: $$\begin{array}{c|c} \text{Experiment} & \ce{[Na_2SO_4]}/\pu{M} \\ \hline \mathrm{A} & 0 \\ \mathrm{B} ...
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Why does the dissolution of calcium hydroxide have a negative entropy?

We had an experiment on the dissolution of calcium hydroxide and we obtained the experimental entropy value $\pu{-203 J mol^-1 K^-1}$ with a percent error of $26.7\%.$ Doesn't dissolving a solid in a ...
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Stability by using charge/radius rule

I found a question Which is more stable among the following? (a) $\ce{CaCO3}$ (b) $\ce{MgCO3}$ Answer : (a) Explanation was given as: $\ce{Mg^2+}$ has smaller radius than $\ce{Ca^2+}$ and thus ...
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Effect of noble gas configuration on polarising power

I don't understand this statement written in my textbook about the polarising power of cations: If two cations have the same size and charge, then the one with pseudo noble gas configuration ( with ...
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Calculating the ionic strength of a histidine solution

I'm trying to repeat the calculation of the ionic strength of a solution containing histidine as a buffer I recently read in a paper. In their paper, the authors calculate the ionic strength of a 20 ...
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Covalent and Ionic Bonds

Is sodium nitrate a covalent or ionic compound? This is a test question. I put the answer ionic compound but my teacher says that statement is false because it is only partially ionic as there is ...
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When converting between a hydrated electrolyte amount in mass and in milliequivalents (meq), why are the water molecules taken into account?

A textbook I'm reading called "Ansel's Pharmaceutical Calculations, 13th edition" defines the milliequivalent (meq) thus (p. 187): This unit of measure is related to the total number of ...
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Is ionisation an equilibrium process?

I read in a page that ionisation is an irreversible process. But, as equilibrium is always reversible would that mean equilibrium does not involve ionisation process. And than dissociation is a ...
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Has a carbon compound ever been found having an ionic bond?

Though it is highly unlikely, has any carbon compound been found to make an ionic bond and to exhibit ionic properties?
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Do hydrides, like NaH or CsH, also form H-bond? [closed]

I know that when hydrogen acts as a cation, it can form H-bonds with the electronegative ions or groups. But, is this also true for anionic hydrogens? Will they form similar bonds, other than the ...
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Would ionic conduction be halted by shielding at the electrodes?

I've done this experiment myself and seen it front of my eyes. Set up a basic circuit with a battery, an LED, and connect the circuit with a salt-water solution and copper wire. The LED lights up. If ...
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Why does covalent nature in ionic solids increase the lattice energy?

I have observed in my textbooks that ionic solid that have a greater covalent character tend to have higher lattice energy. Can this be generalised as fact?
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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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Are Tellurium Fluoride or Antimony Fluoride Ionic?

I would like to know if any of the tellurium fluorides or antimony fluorides are ionic. I am aware that the difference in electronegativity is greater than the 1.665 cutoff indicating ionic bonds. ...
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Why does beryllium have an exceptionally high hydration energy?

You would expect solubility of Group $2$ fluorides to increase down the group, as lattice energy plummets much more sharply than hydration energy does. For the most part, this is true: $\ce{BaF2}$ is ...
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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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How do I calculate weight percent of BaCl2

A $\pu{0.1036 g}$ sample containing only $\ce{BaCl2}$ and $\ce{NaCl}$ is dissolved in $\pu{50 mL}$ of distilled water. Titrating with $\pu{0.07916 M}$ $\ce{AgNO3}$ requires $\pu{19.46 mL}$ to reach ...
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When writing the net ionic equation, if one of the products ionizes, what is the most appropriate way to account for this in the answer?

Take these two practice problems and their solutions from Ebbing (8th ed) that involve completing the molecular equation, then writing the net ionic equation: 4.42a: $\ce{Ca(OH)2(aq) + 2H2SO4(aq) ->...
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Is calcium chloride an acidic or basic salt?

What I reason: Calcium chloride is the salt of hydrochloric acid and calcium hydroxide. Calcium hydroxide is usually not considered a strong base, and I believe this is because of it's low solubility. ...
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How to clean copper(II) sulfate crystals from sulfuric acid?

I am going to prepare copper(II) sulfate by electrolysis with sulfuric acid for crystal growing. How would I separate the copper(II) sulfate from the sulfuric acid left over from the electrolysis ...
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Why is the ionic radius of hydride so large?

The order of ionic radii for halides and hydride is apparently as follows: $$\ce{F-} < \ce{Cl-} < \ce{Br-} < \ce{H-} < \ce{I-}$$ Why is the hydride ion so large, even larger than bromide ...

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