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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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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Is there a notion of generalized acidity for lithium ions?

From my understanding, the basic notions of acidity can be explained by considering a cup of pure water, and then adding a substance to it which creates either free $\ce{H+}$, or free $\ce{H3O+}$ and $...
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charge density as a measure of lattice enthalpy & polarizing power?

My official CIE A level textbook, and some mark schemes mention the following: Ions with the same charge have a lower charge density if their radius is large. This is because the same charge is ...
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Can carbon and titanium form an ionic bond?

Can carbon and titanium form an ionic bond because they both have four valence electrons? If titanium transfers four electrons to carbon, we get $\ce{Ti^4+}$ and $\ce{C^4-}$ which both have noble gas ...
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Dielectric constant for gases possessing van der Waals forces [closed]

I've learnt that water can dissolve ionic bonds because it possesses a high dielectric constant. In the cases of covalent compounds (especially the non-polar covalent compounds), where the molecules ...
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Understanding strong acid titrated with weak base graph

I don’t understand why the conductivity doesn’t change after the equivalence point. To my understanding, at the equivalence point there is $\ce{NH3}$, $\ce{NH4+}$ and $\ce{Cl-}$ in the solution. As ...
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A trick to find resultant pH [duplicate]

Consider the following problem: Find the $\mathrm{pH}$ of the solution formed by the mixing of two solutions of $\mathrm{pH}$(s) $2$ and $3$ of equal volumes. The normal way: Since the resulting ...
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Does boron form compounds without covalent bonds?

I have read that boron, due to the very high sum of its first three ionization energies, it is not able to form its +3 ions, and thus it generally forms only covalent compounds. But in a popular ...
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Expression comparing the Solubility of Ionic compounds

In chemical bonding, I am taught an expression that compares the Solvation Energy and the Lattice Energy of an ionic compound which is being dissolved in a polar solvent (could be water, could be ...
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Order of solubility of sodium halides and potassium iodide

Order the following ionic compounds in decreasing order according to their ease to dissolve in water. a) NaBr; b) KI; c) NaF; d) NaCl. d > a > b > c a > b > c > d b > c > d &...
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Why is the melting point of magnesium oxide higher than aluminium oxide?

There's a graph of the melting points of period three oxides. The melting point of magnesium oxide is several hundred Kelvin higher than aluminiumoxide. I can't find any explanations for this on the ...
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Is there a room temperature ionic liquid permanganate [closed]

I need to figure out a permanganate based ionic liquid that is usable at room temperature. Unfortunately, information on which compounds could be usable and which ones aren't is scarce. That's why I'm ...
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What kind of bond exists between a metal and a non-metal with a difference in electronegativity of less than 1.7? [duplicate]

I'm being taught that the kind of bonds that exist between elements depends on the electronegativity difference between the elements. A difference less than 1.7 is covalent and a difference higher ...
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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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Why are magnesium chloride and calcium chloride more soluble than sodium chloride?

I read that $\ce{MgCl2}$ and $\ce{CaCl2}$ are more soluble than $\ce{NaCl}$ in water. Solubility of $\ce{MgCl2}$ is $\pu{543 g/L}$ and that of $\ce{NaCl}$ is $\pu{360 g/L}$ (both at $20^{\circ} \pu{C}$...
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How does a body lose electrons? [closed]

If there is a Na and cl in solid form , There will be atoms inside of them.How do they lose electrons ?.We know solid body has a structure and covering.Just like you can touch is the covering of table ...
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Comparing the Lattice energy of different compounds

I am confused about some concepts related to Lattice energy. First of all,how to compare lattice energy between $2$ compounds belonging to different groups and periods? 1.Between $\ce{AlF3}$ and $\...
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Why does lattice enthalpy decrease with increasing ionic size?

Lattice enthalpy decreases as ions get larger, but I have found two explanations: The charge density is greater in smaller ions, so greater attraction The ions are themselves able to get closer ...
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Potassium Alum Crystals

This is a question regarding the crystallization of $\ce{KAl(SO4)2 . 12 H2O}$. I have an idea of what to do (I'll explain later in the explanation), but I would like to hear other suggestions encase ...
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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 electrons ...
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What is the difference between an ionic compound and a salt? [duplicate]

What is the difference between an ionic compound and a salt? They both have a cation and an anion bonded. On one of my homework sheets, it says that $\ce{NaCl}$ is an ionic compound (which it ...
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bonding in polar covalent bonds

I have recently learned that pure ionic and covalent bonds are just the extremes of a spectrum of bonds from this article from Chemguide. But I can't seem to square this with my understanding of how ...
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How to determine the van't Hoff factor for different salts in water experimentally?

How do I experimentally determine the van't Hoff factor for different salts in water? I'm going to dissolve each of sodium chloride, potassium chloride, and lithium chloride in $\pu{20 mL}$ of water ...
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Why are ionic reactions very fast in aqueous medium? [closed]

(No, I am not talking about why Ionic Reactions are faster than Covalent reaction.) This question has me stumped. I mean, at first it looks obvious; water is polar in nature, but what exactly does ...
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why does lithium fluoride have a higher lattice energy than lithium iodide?

Based on my knowledge, lattice energy is proportional to the multiplcation of the charge of the ions, divided by the sum of the radius of ions, as follows. Since iodide has a larger radius than ...
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Lewis structures and chemical-compound formulas [closed]

In the Lewis structures listed below, M and X represent various elements in the third period of the periodic table. Write the formula of each compound using the chemical symbols of each element: a. b. ...
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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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What happens to boiled (BMIM)PF6?

[BMIM]PF6, or 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate, is commonly used as an ionic liquid. As has been shown by the accepted answer to this question, sodium chloride that has been made to ...
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Why can’t I use solubility product for normally soluble compounds?

Solubility product only applies to sparing soluble ionic compounds (chemguide) I read this in a website. But I don’t see what this should be the case. Taking $\ce{NaCl}$ for example, there’s an ...
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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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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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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 is some ionic substance insoluble, such as BaSO4?

If Ba is less electronegative than Mg, then why is BaSO4 insoluble in water and MgSO4 is soluble? I thought the greater the EN difference the more soluble the compound is because of how unequally ...
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Why isn't the chemistry of a zinc-air battery (meaningfully) hindered by an activation energy barrier?

Virtually every source I've read pertaining to zinc-air batteries explain the chemistry of it either using these formulae or a simplified version of them: $$ \begin{align} &\text{Anode:} &\...
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Comparing ionic character of group 1 elements

According to Fajan's rule ionic character should increase down the group as the size of cation increase. So it must be $$\ce{LiH < NaH < KH < RbH < CsH}$$ However, the following two ...
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A question about net ionic equations

I have a question regarding net ionic equations. In a solution, sodium fluoride and hydrochloric acid are mixed together. The "correct" net ionic equation is shown below. However, how can this ...
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What are the limitations of the Born-Lande' equation?

The Born-Lande' equation is used to theoretically calculate the lattice energy, $\Delta U$, of ionic compounds. It is often cited as such in literature, $$\Delta U = -\frac{k_Az_1z_2Me^2}{4 \pi \...
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Calculating concentration of OH⁻ ions [closed]

Calculate concentration of $\ce{OH-}$ ions in $\pu{0.66 mol L^-1}$ solution of $\ce{NH4+}.$ I think that there might be something missing, as the only law I have for this kind of problems is $$[\ce{...
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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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What determines whether a double displacement reaction will occur?

In normal displacement reactions, reactivity plays a large role and sometimes the reaction doesn't even happen. So is there anything limiting double displacement reactions? For example $\ce{2KI + Pb(...
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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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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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Can one describe the bonding of Na to F in terms of molecular orbital theory? What about valence bond theory?

I would kindly appreciate an explanation in terms of the two accepted quantum mechanical theories -valence bond & molecular orbitals- for the electronic energy level structure in natrium fluoride $...
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Calculation of Degree of Dissociation from Ostwald's Dilution Law

A "weak" electrolyte, $\ce{A+B-}$, ionizes in solution as: $$\ce{AB <=> A+ + B-}\tag{1}$$ $$ K_d =\dfrac{\ce{[A+][B-]}}{\ce{[AB]}}=\dfrac{(\alpha c_{0})(\alpha c_{0})}{(1-\alpha )c_{0}}=\...
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Chemical Formula for Barium Chloride

Barium Chloride is represented as $\ce{BaCl2}$. Since chlorine is a diatomic molecule, It should be denoted as $\ce{Cl2}$. Formulating, we get \begin{array}{|c:cc|}\hline \small \rm Element & ...
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Ionic compound formation [closed]

Why do oxygen atoms differ in number in the compund Aluminate and Arsenate even they have the same suffixes ... Where Aluminate has 3 oxygen and Arsenate has 4 oxygen atoms.
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Are there ionic solids that conduct electricity?

We are taught in school that ionic substances don't conduct electricity, and when they do, it is either because they are in a molten state or because they are in solution. I understand these concepts. ...
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Unit cell structure of ionic crystal

I have a question about the structure of an LiH unit cell, and while this is related to a homework problem, it isn't the problem itself, I'm just looking for conceptual understanding. I've already ...
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Reaction of copper oxide with acid [closed]

Copper metal is less electropositive than hydrogen and thus less reactive. It is unable to displace hydrogen ions from a solution of sulfuric(IV) acid. Why then would copper oxide or copper carbonate ...
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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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