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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Search publications for checking the stability of some rare Li and Be compounds

We do software that helps students create compounds in VR and become Nano engineers. For this purpose, we need to know the stability of some compounds and ions. I am a volunteer researcher, but my ...
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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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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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Why are stable ionic charges so strongly related to the group number?

Why do lighter elements have ionic charges so strongly related to the group number? For example, why does $\ce{Al}$ only show +3 ionic charge? The basic concept of stability in an ionic compound is ...
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Are all bases and acids salts? [duplicate]

Since all bases have hydroxide anions in them, and (a lot of) acids have hydrogen cations in them, aren’t most acids and bases salts as well? (When not dissolved in water)
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How to account for the common ion effect on osmolarity quantitatively?

In adjusting the osmolarity of a solution of Benzalknonium Cl, Disodium Editate, and Disodium borate/boric acid buffer to be isotonic (about 290 mOsm), the addition of NaCl showed unexpected behavior, ...
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Percentage of yield reaction question

By bubbling $\ce{Cl2}$ in a solution containing $176.6~\mathrm{g}$ of $\ce{MgBr2}$ are obtained [sic!] $135~\mathrm{g}$ of $\ce{Br2}$. However, the yield of this reaction is not $100~\%$. How many ...
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Do I need to include lattice energy when calculating the energy required to vaporize NaCl?

I understand that the lattice energy is the energy released when a crystal forms and that's the reason it takes the negative sign. But do we need to add this energy again when we are trying to ...
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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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Does brewing tea with hard water reduce the amount of bioavailable fluorine?

I read that brewed tea contains a relatively large concentration of Fluorine. Fluorine can have negative health effects such as Skeletal Fluorosis. EDIT: I understand some Fluorine is necessary and ...
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Can Ca and K exist as an ionic compound?

Recently in the Chemistry.SE chatroom a user posted this to celebrate the New Year: Can Ca and K exist as an ionic compound? If not, why is it impossible? Ca with atomic number 20, K 19 so 2019 -...
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A question about nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide

In the structure of NAD+, why does the nitrogen of pyridine bind covalently to the the first carbon of glucose while the anion stabilizing the nicotine amide ion is the phosphate group? In other words,...
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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 to measure saturated salinity and mineral levels for flaked sea salt?

I am a sea salt enthusiast looking to make the perfect flakey sea salt. I start with sea water and boil it down to a thick brine. Then with less heat I reduce the brine more slowly and inverted salt ...
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Produce CuCl2 from CuSO4

I have a large amount of copper sulfate available and I am interested in obtaining copper chloride from it. What is the easiest way to do so? I have considered mixing an aqueous solution of copper ...
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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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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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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 beryllium difluoride covalent or ionic?

My textbook says that despite the large electronegativity difference $\ce{BeF2}$ is covalent since the beryllium ion will have too much charge density and it will attract the fluorine electron cloud ...
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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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Degree of dissociation of weak electrolyte at infinite dilution

Why the degree of dissociation of weak electrolyte is 1 at infinite dilution and how do we get the result? Like I know that at infinite dilution the concentration of solution is 0 but what does that ...
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Clarifying question about chloride ions, water softening & corrosion

I have a question regarding the use of NaCl as a water softener. Recently i was asked to comment on a series of test results from a water softening device were a lot of corrosion had occurred post ...
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What does higher electron gain enthalpy mean here?

While talking about ionic bonds my book states : Higher the value of electron gain enthalpy of the atom, greater the ease of formation of the anion from it, i.e., other atom should have high value ...
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X-ray bombardment of CaCl2 and its resultant chemical changes

If one were to take $\pu{1 mol}$ of pure liquid Calcium Chloride (at $\pu{600 ^\circ C}$) and bombard it with $\pu{7.65 \times 10^{14} Ci}$ ($\pu{2.83 \times 10^25 particles}$) of x-rays ($\pu{75 keV}$...
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The “nose” of the periodic table [closed]

My teacher said that on the periodic table there is a "nose" formed by Al, Zn, Ag, and Cd. She said that they are all fixed charged (+3, +2, +1, and +2 respectively), and said that if I write them in ...
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Why do non-polar covalent compounds dissolve in non-polar covalent compounds only?

My textbook says that electrovalent and polar covalent compounds dissolve in electrovalent compounds and polar covalent compounds but not in non-polar covalent compounds. I understand the reason for ...
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What is dielectric constant and how does it explain the reason why water is one of the best solvents

When i was reading solublity of ionic compounds,they mentioned that polar compunds are fairly soluble in polar solvents and water is better solvent due its high dielectric constant.Can anybody explain ...
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Calculating the Ionic strength of sodium acetylsalicylate

With the addition of aqueous NaOH to an aspirin solutions in water the reaction will yield products of sodium acetylsalicylate and water. I would like to measure the amount of sodium apsirin formed ...
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Why does adding salt to water reduce the pH?

I recently heard someone claim that adding table salt to vinegar caused HCl to form which helped them clean coins - clearly not the case - however I thought I'd disprove it by doing an experiment. So ...
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Feasibility of using ionic liquid fuels in an MHD type reactor

First off I would like to say that my knowledge on chemistry, even general chemistry, is basic if not poor. That said, I have some intuituions on this matter. I haven´t found any paper regarding ...
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Measurement of the lattice energy

The lattice energy of a solid ionic compound is the energy released when one mole of the solid compound is formed from its constituent gaseous ions at $\ce {298 K}$ and $\ce {1 bar}$. However, gaseous ...
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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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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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Determining which compound is more 'ionic'

I was going through my chemistry textbook (IB Pearson), and it explicitly stated that the higher the absolute difference between the electronegativity of elements in a binary compound, the more 'ionic'...
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Why does moving from left to right on the periodic table result in higher conductivity?

Question is in the title. I understand that the metals towards the left form stronger bonds with other chemicals compared to metals towards the right, and that the ones with weaker bonds break down ...
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Is it possible to burn things in a halogen atmosphere?

Fires can burn in oxygen. But, can they burn in halogen atmospheres (fluorine and chlorine only)? I am wondering this because combustion reactions involve oxygen and carbon and other elements. But, ...
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Sulfate and carbonate ions as ligands

The pentahydrate salt of copper (II) sulfate exists as a blue solid while the anhydrous and monohydrate salts appear as white solids. The structures of these salts are discussed here. The blue colour ...
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Why is the product of the reaction “Bi + O2” Bi2O3 instead of Bi2O5?

I am stuck on a homework question that states: A piece of solid bismuth is heated strongly in oxygen. The answer key states the answer as $\ce{Bi + O2 → Bi2O3}$. However, it is to my understanding ...
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Calculating valence of oxides

Learning about Oxides. Basically when oxygen is combined with a metal. $$\ce{FeO}$$ This is called "Iron Oxide (II)" according to my book. Apparently, the II represents the valence. But how come? ...
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Lattice Energy of MX2 type

While finding the solution to the question that which among BaO and BaCl2 has hi that is energy I found that it was BaO whose lattice energy is high and there were explaining it just with charges. So ...
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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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Why does magnesium oxide not react with water?

There is a question in my textbook which asks "which of the reactions are not possible to occur". The right answer is $\ce{MgO + H2O}$ and my chemistry teacher confirmed it. Why is that so? I thought ...
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How many valence electrons does the azide ion have?

We had a test and and we had a question asking the number of valence electrons in an azide ion, $\ce{N3^{-}}$. I find out that the answer is 16 but I could not understand how. I saw the structure. ...
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What is the structural formula of alkali hypohalite: MOX or MXO?

Recently I came across this question and in the comment section, there was an argument regarding the formula of sodium hypoiodite which kept me wandering: what is the actual formula of alkali ...
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Why don't ionic compounds show stereoisomerism?

When I was reading about crystalline nature of ionic compounds, I came across the statement that ionic compound doesn't show stereoisomerism. What does that mean and can anybody explain the reason ...
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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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In the Lewis structure for barium fluoride, why does barium lose its valence electrons?

I searched for $\ce{BaF2}$ Lewis structure, and found out that the Barium atom loses its 2 valence electrons to form $\ce{F- Ba^2+F-}$. Before seeing it I thought each of $\ce{Ba}$'s valence ...
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Why is there no effective alternative to metal salts in antiperspirants?

Metal salts, especially aluminum compounds are used in antiperspirants to prevent sweating. I found out aluminum chloride hexahydrate, which is found in most antiperspirants, undergoes an acid-base ...
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How to determine the conductivity of different chemical compounds?

I am doing an experiment that involves testing the conductivity of three different chemical compounds dissolved in water. I will be testing Potassium Chloride, Calcium Chloride and Zinc Chloride. All ...
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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. ...