Explain why the compound butane is ionic or covalent (based on the electronegativity differences...
Explain why the compound butane is ionic or covalent (based on the electronegativity differences of the elements that make up the compound).
Ionic and Covalent Bonds:
A bond is considered an ionic bond when there is transfer of electron between two atoms. This transfer results in having charged atoms called ions that are oppositely charged establishing an electrostatic force of attraction and forming an ionic bod. On the other hand, when electrons are shared between atoms, a covalent bond is formed.
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By determining the electronegativity difference between atoms, one can predict whether a covalent bond or ionic bond is formed. When the...
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