1. Discussion of ion formation.
2. How ionic/covalent bonds are formed.
3. How ionic/covalent compounds are named.
4. Writing ionic formulas.
Links: Chemical Bonding This page contains PowerPoints that cover ionic and covalent bonding and a summary table. This is a PowerPoint on Chemical Names & Formulas
Textbook Readings: Chapter 4.
Mission 1: Ions, Ions, Ions!
Mission Objectives. By the end of this lesson, you should be able to:
1. Determine which elements form cations and which elements form anions.
2. Contemplate the structure of an ionic bond based on valence electrons.
Recall that the group number on the periodic table represents the number of valence electrons in that group. Also recall that group 18, the noble gases, have stable octets. The objective for any element that is not a noble gas is to lose or gain electrons to have a noble gas configuration. Stability is key.
Elements in G1 will LOSE their valence electrons to form ions with a +1 charge. Elements in G2 will LOSE theirs to form ions with a +2 charge. Elements in G13 will lose theirs to form ions with a +3 charge. Any time an element LOSES a valence electron, a cation is formed. Cations are positively charged ions. Metallic elements form cations.
Conversely, elements in G15 will GAIN 3 electrons to form ions with a -3 charge. Elements in G16 will GAIN 2 electrons to form ions with a -2 charge, and elements in G17 will GAIN 1 electron to form an ion with a -1 charge. Any time an element GAINS a valence electron, an anion is formed. Anions are negatively charged ions. Nonmetals form anions.
Polyatomic ions are ions that are made up of several atoms covalently bonded, but have a positive or negative charge. I have given you a ion reference chart to use in class, but you need to memorize the different polyatomic ions, as they are not in the data booklet and you cannot use the ion chart on the test.
Lattice energy is a measure of the strength of attraction between ions within the lattice. The energy is greater for small, highly charged ions. Because of their lattice structures, ionic compounds have high melting and boiling points. The electrostatic attraction between the ions are strong and requires a lot of energy to break. Therefore, they are solids at room temperature and melt at very high temperatures.. When the charge is greater, the MPs and BPs are higher.
Volatility is the tendency of a substance to vaporize. Ionic compounds have a low volatility, or is non-existent. This means that they do not tend to vaporize because the bonds are too strong.
Conductivity & Brittleness. Based on an ability of a compound to conduct electricity, the ions have to be able to move. Therefore they cannot conduct electricity in the solid (s) state. The compound has to be molten (or liquid (l)) or dissolved in water (aq) to conduct electricity.
The ionic crystal lattice can shatter when a force is applied, so therefore it is brittle.
Homework: Re-read Mission 1. We will be working problems in class.
Mission 2: Sharing is Caring.
Mission Objectives. You should be able to...
1. Determine when covalent bonds are formed and which elements form them.
2. Predict the name of an ionic compound and a covalent compound.
3. Explain the difference between polar and nonpolar molecules.
Covalent bonds are the result of valence electrons being shared in order to achieve stable octets. If you think back...way back...to the short lesson on Lewis Dot, you'll recall that certain elements contained a certain number of dots that represented their valence electrons.
Here is an interactive on covalent bonding. Play with it.
There are seven elements that are found in nature covalently bonded to each other. They are called diatomic elements. A useful memory aid is HONI Bring Fried Clams. So when you're writing these elements in chemical equations, you need to make sure you write them correctly.
Coordinate covalent bonds are bonds where one atom contributes both bonding electrons. You demonstrate them in structural formulas using an arrow that shows where the electrons came from. Once formed, the coordinate covalent bond is just like any other bond. Carbon monoxide is a good example of this.
Mission Objectives. You should be able to...
1. Explain the difference between polar and nonpolar molecules.
Because covalent bonding involves sharing of electrons, there can be differences in how the electrons are shared between the bonded atoms. The character (or behavior) of the molecules depends on the kind of and number of atoms joined together, which in turn, determine molecular properties.
Below are pictures that demonstrate how the electrons are shared between atoms. If you think of it in terms of tug-of-war, there will either be an even pull on the electrons, or an uneven pull on the electrons. An even pull means that the molecule does not orient in any particular direction, which makes it symmetric and considered to be nonpolar. If there is an uneven pull on the electrons, then the molecule will orient in a particular direction (because the unshared pairs of electrons take up more space than shared pairs) and become asymmetric. These molecules are considered to be polar.