Day: July 19, 2016

How to predict if chemical bonding will be ionic or covalent

How to predict if chemical bonding will be ionic or covalent

How to predict if chemical bonding will be ionic or covalent

Isaac Gendler

07/19/16

“How can we predict if chemical bonding will be  ionic or covalent?”

During one’s study of chemistry, one will come across two distinct forms of chemical bonding, ionic and covalent. However, how can we predict which one the elements will undergo? Chemists have discovered that a simple rule of thumb is that can determine which one is which. If the two elements have significantly different group numbers (such as one one on group 1 or 2 on the periodic table and another on group 5-7) then an ionic bond will take place as a result of the difference of electronegativity. If the two chemical are in a similar group, then a covalent bond will take place.