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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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Can 100% covalent bonds exist?

Every covalent bond has some ionic character and every ionic bond some covalent character. I can understand why a completely ionic bond is an ideal situation. But completely covalent bonds can exist(?)...
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Are metallic/ionic bonds weaker than covalent bonds?

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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Are all NO3- salts soluble in water? If so, why?

All the examples of $\ce{NO3-}$ salts are soluble in water (all that I know about). Is it always so or there is some salt which doesn't dissolve in water? If so what is the reason behind it?
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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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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 ...
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How does NaCl maintain its crystalline structure?

My understanding is that $\mathrm{NaCl}$ is an ionic compound, in which $\mathrm{Cl}$ becomes (effectively) $\mathrm{Cl^-}$ and $\mathrm{Na}$ becomes $\mathrm{Na^+}$. So I understand why I would get 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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The impossibility of 100% ionic bond

Recently, I read the definition of oxidation state on Wikipedia. It read that a 100% ionic bond is impossible. So what does a 75% ionic and 25% covalent bond mean at all?
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Salts that are more hydrophilic than NaCl

What other, rather easy to obtain, salts are more hydrophilic than $\ce{NaCl}$? Is there a hydrophilic scale for substances like the Mohs scale of mineral hardness?
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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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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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Why exactly does molten NaCl explode, when it is poured into water?

Why does molten $\ce{NaCl}$ explode, when it is poured into water? $\ce{NaCl}$ has a high melting point, $1074\ \mathrm{K}$ ($801~\mathrm{^\circ C}$). $\ce{NaCl}$ has a molar mass of $58.44\ \mathrm{g/...
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What is the analogue of "molecule" for ionic compounds?

In a system, if we have $\pu{18 g}$ of $\ce{H2O}$ ($M_\mathrm r = 18$), we can say we have a mole of water molecules or $6 \times 10^{23}$ molecules. But in another system, if we have $\pu{342 g}$ of $...
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Why do different elements form different types of carbides?

What property of the elements make them form different types of carbides like: $\ce{Be}$ and $\ce{Al}$ - $\ce{Be2C}$ and $\ce{Al4C3}$ (Methanides) contains $\ce{C^4-}$ ion $\ce{Na}$ and $\ce{Ca}$ - $...
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Why doesn't LiHCO3 exist in solid state?

I have read that $\ce{LiHCO3}$ does not exist in solid state. Is it because of the size of anion-cation concept or is it something else? So why is it only for lithium and not for sodium too?
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If I drink water without sipping, is there a chance of saliva diffusing into my bottle?

I always prefer to drink water without sipping, like this: I do this so that my saliva doesn't contaminate the water contents, which would make the water impossible to share with my friends. But ...
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Why does KCl come in amber coloured bottles?

I remember from school that photosensitive chemicals are kept in amber coloured bottles. Is KCl photosensitive? I read up the impurities list on the bottle and it says that it may have bromides too? ...
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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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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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Why isn't water an ionic compound?

If two alkali metal atoms join with an oxygen atom, an ionic bond forms. Since hydrogen has the same number of valence electrons as alkali metals, why can't water be ionic? This is what I'm thinking: $...
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Why is CaCl2 called calcium chloride?

Doing a first year chem class. Just read through the molecular naming of compounds and now I'm confused as to why $\ce{CaCl2}$ is called calcium chloride and not calcium dichloride?
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Is an ionic bond more like a covalent bond or an intermolecular force?

I have asked a question loosely asking this, where I confused terms and did not specify what I wanted to know here, so I formed a new question. What are the differences and similarities between ionic ...
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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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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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How is Al2Cl6 covalent and Al2O3 ionic?

I encountered a question where the type of bonding for various oxides are prompted. Two of which are $\ce{Al2Cl6}$ and $\ce{Al2O3}$. I thought that chlorine atoms are more electronegative than oxygen ...
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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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MgCl2 acidic or neutral in water?

I'm currently taking chemistry 12. On our test we were asked, when given a $0.1~\mathrm{M}$ solution of certain compounds whether the resulting solution when added to water would be acidic, basic, or ...
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Fajans' Rules Versus Lattice Enthalpy

In analyzing the solubility among $\ce{CaF2, CaCl2, CaBr2}$, I found that $\ce{CaF2}$ is insoluble due to high ionization enthalpy. But comparing among $\ce{AgF, AgCl, AgBr }$, it was said that $\...
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Why do ionic compounds dissociate whereas coordinate complexes 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 example ...
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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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Is melting/boiling point of ionically bonded substance higher than of covalently bound?

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 answers than this. (...
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What is melting? Which bonds do we break to melt something?

To melt diamond, we have to break the covalent bonds, which we can consider 'intermolecular' because it is one giant molecule. To melt Methane, we have to break the van der Waals (intermolecular) ...
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What is the structural formula of alkali hypohalite: MOX or MXO?

There seems to be an inconsistency in the formula. Somewhere it is written as MOX and in some places, it is written as MXO. This is what Google gives when you search sodium hypochlorite: I think the ...
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Why aren't the copper(II) ions in CuSO4 precipitated by hydroxide ions from water?

From my own experience and literature, I know that $\ce{CuSO4}$ is well soluble in water and dissociates into $\ce{Cu^2+}$ and $\ce{SO4^2-}$. $\ce{Cu(OH)2}$, however, is not: $K_\mathrm{sp} = 2 \cdot ...
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Solubility of 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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How to recycle 60 tons/hour of CaCO3?

I hope this is the right place to ask. I'm not a chemist so my question may seem obvious but it's not for me. I work in the egg industry and we produce every hour 60 tons of dried egg shells as waste....
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Is lithium L-threonate a potential brain medicine?

Lithium ions have known neuroprotective qualities. That would explain its therapeutic benefit in some mental disorders. It is also well known that lithium carbonate must be taken in toxic doses to get ...
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Is KHF2 an ionic compound or a covalent compound?

The statement below is an excerpt from my school textbook:- Because of the tendency of fluorine to form hydrogen bond, metal fluorides are solvated by $\ce{HF}$ giving species of the type $\ce{...
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Can a organic compounds such as hydrocarbons contain an ionic bond?

Can organic compounds like hydrocarbons have types of bonds other than covalent bonds? Can they also possess ionic bonds?
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An ionic compound dissociates into 3 ions of 3 different elements?

When an ionic compound dissolves in water and becomes ions. 1) Typically we see: $\ce{AB ->}$ Ions $\ce{A+ + B-}$ $\ce{ABC ->}$ Ions $\ce{AB+ + C-}$ 2) But how about the one below, is there ...
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Which has a greater dominance: hydration enthalpy or lattice energy?

When I was reading my notes I came up with a problem. I read that for the s block element salts, when checking the solubility, we consider the hydration enthalpy so we decide their stability in water. ...
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What is the correct name for this lab technique in 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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Are ionic bonds stronger than covalent bonds?

A covalent bond involves overlapping of orbitals while an Ionic bond involves charge separation. Why are bonds formed by the overlapping of orbitals weaker than charge separation; why is an ionic ...
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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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Smoke alarm ion neutralisation

Smoke alarms are a necessary part of many modern day buildings, especially in laboratories and of course, the family home. According to the World Nuclear Association page Smoke Detectors and ...
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Why are so many ionic compounds brittle?

Even when ionic compounds are strong (e.g. rubies and sapphires), they are neither malleable nor ductile in the slightest, and if sufficient stress is put on them, they will shatter, not bend. Why is ...
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Chemically removing rust without leaving any unwanted residues

I have this iron pan that got rusty from not being properly dried. Scrubbing it I was able to get rid of most of the rust, but there's still some I just can't remove. I thought I could chemically ...
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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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Are all ionic compounds salts?

According to Wikipedia: A salt is an ionic compound that can be formed by the neutralization reaction of an acid and a base. Are all ionic compounds salts? Are all salts ionic compounds?
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Calculating the strength of an ionic bond that contains poly-atomic ions

So the bond association enthalpy for ionic compounds like $\ce{NaCl}$ and $\ce{NaBr}$ can be easily calculated from a Born-Haber cycle. But the way a Born-Haber cycle is constructed it uses info that ...
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