Problem: In the following pair of binary compounds determine which one is a molecular substance and which one is an ionic substance. PbCl4 and RbCl.

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We’re being asked to classify the given compounds as ionic or molecular.


Let’s first define an ionic and molecular bond:

Ionic Bond

involves the transferring of an electron from one element to another element
positively charged ion + negatively charged ion

metal(or polyatomic ion) + nonmetal(or polyatomic ion)

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In the following pair of binary compounds determine which one is a molecular substance and which one is an ionic substance. PbCl4 and RbCl.

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