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Explanation for why ionic bonding can have covalent characteristics


When the cation in an ionic compound has a high charge density (small atomic radius and high charge)
and the anion has a low charge density (large atomic radius and smaller charge) the ionic compound
will be more covalent. This is…

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Common questions are multiple choice questions where you will be asked which diagram shows the
bonding best in an ionic compound such as sodium chloride.

Another multiple choice question that tends to be asked is whether the boning in group 7 (halides)
become more covalent r ionic as you go…

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