Chemical Bonding

What kinds of forces hold atoms together in a molecule or compound? How does the nature of those forces influence the properties of a material?


Polar vs Nonpolar Compounds

The distinction is important, but it’s not always either/or!

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Covalent, Ionic and Metallic Bonding

Investigate the relationship between the properties of a material, its structure, and the type of chemical bonding.

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Intermolecular Forces

Forces between molecules arise due to differences in the bonding between atoms.

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Hydrogen Bonding

Special requirements of hydrogen bonding make these forces very strong, and give water very special properties.

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Molecular Geometry

Molecules have shape! The structure and shape of a molecule influences its physical properties and affects its chemical behavior as well.

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Transition Metal Complex Ions

Unique chemical bonding of ligands with transition metal ions produces colorful complexes.

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