Problem: What type of bonds exist in each of these compounds?Types of bonds: Ionic, nonpolar covalent, polar covalenta) KClb) BCl3c) P4d) Br2e) COf) SO2

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Recall that:

  • Ionic bond  between cation (metal) + anion (nonmetal)
  • Covalent bond   between 2 or more nonmetals


Electronegativity difference  type of bond:

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Electronegativity Difference        

              (ΔEN)                                     Bond Classification
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Small < 0.4                                       Nonpolar Covalent
Intermediate (0.4  – 1.7)                    Polar Covalent
Large (Greater than 1.7)                  Ionic               

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What type of bonds exist in each of these compounds?

Types of bonds: Ionic, nonpolar covalent, polar covalent

a) KCl

b) BCl3

c) P4

d) Br2

e) CO

f) SO2

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