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Solution: In the following pair of binary compounds determine which one is a molecular substance and which one is an ionic substance. SbCl5 and AlF3.

Problem

In the following pair of binary compounds determine which one is a molecular substance and which one is an ionic substance. SbCl5 and AlF3.

Solution

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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