Problem: Silicon carbide, SiC, has the three-dimensional structure shown in the figure..Would you expect the bonding in SiC to be predominantly ionic, metallic, or covalent?

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We are asked to determine what to expect regarding the characteristic properties of the bonding in silicon carbide (SiC).

Silicon carbide, also known as carborundum, is a unique compound of carbon and silicon and is one of the hardest available materials. 


Recall that the types of solids are:

• Ionic solid: composed of a metal and a nonmetal as ions.

• Molecular solid: composed of covalent bonds.

• Metallic solid: composed of metal and another metal or just a metal by itself.

• Covalent solid: also called a network solid where atoms are bonded by covalent bonds in a single continuous network.


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Silicon carbide, SiC, has the three-dimensional structure shown in the figure.

A diagram shows a cube with Si as the corners. Within the cube 4 Cs are each bonded to 4 additional Si atoms..

Would you expect the bonding in SiC to be predominantly ionic, metallic, or covalent?

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