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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What is the structure of sodium chloride in the liquid state?

I understand that sodium chloride when solid, is a lattice, so NaCl there is an empirical formula,(so, expresses that the ratio of Na to Cl is 1-1), and not a molecular formula expressing exact ...
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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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What is the yellow precipitate formed from reacting diamminsilver fluoride and potassium iodide?

These two compounds, silver diamine fluoride and potassium iodide (actually a solution called Lugol’s solution), are being used together in dentistry. When combined they form a yellow precipitate. I ...
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Why are group 13 compounds in the +1 oxidation state more ionic than those in the +3 oxidation state?

I know that for group 13 metals in the p block, the stability of +1 OS is generally more than the stability of +3 OS as it is energetically not favourable to attain the higher OS of +3 and such ions ...
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When you melt an ionic compound, do you "break" its electrostatic force of attraction, or its lattice energy?

I know that the melting point and the boiling point of ionic compounds are very high. However, when I was trying to find the reason for this, I found that this is because of the high electrostatic ...
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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 $\mathrm{NO_3}$ have charge $1-$? [closed]

I'm given the following problem: Write the molecular equation for the reaction $\mathrm{Iron\;(III)\; Nitrate\; and\; Sodium \;Phosphate}$ I begin by attempting to determine the empirical formula of ...
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In a battery, what happens to LiCoO2 when the lithium leaves? It becomes CoO2?

What chemical compound exists at the cathode of a lithium-ion battery when the lithium is not there? The cathode is usually described as $\ce{LiCoO2}$, so does it become $\ce{CoO2}$? $\ce{CoO2}$ ...
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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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Isn't my book doing this problem about ionic product wrongly?

Problem: After adding a $\pu{150 mL}$ $\pu{6.7\times10^{-5} M}$ $\ce{NaOH}$ solution to a $\pu{100 mL}$ $\pu{2.5\times10^{-5} M}$ $\ce{FeCl2}$ solution, green colored $\ce{Fe(OH)2}$ precipitate is ...
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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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Dissolution of ionic compounds

Where can I find a table that lists the rates of dissolution of common ionic compounds like sodium chloride, potassium permanganate, and ammonium nitrate? Are there tables and equations that relate ...
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Are there any binary ionic compounds with carbon in it? [closed]

It may be organic, may be inorganic but is ionic and binary in nature and contains carbon. Is there any such compound?
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Linearity of membrane resistance and contact resistance overvoltages in proton-exchange-membrane-water-elektrolyzer-cells (PEM-WE)

I am questioning why the cell component's resistance to the electrons (contact resistance) and protons (membrane resistance) flow follow the ohmic law. This assumption is made in recent papers on PEM-...
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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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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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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? [closed]

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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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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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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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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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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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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