Ch 31: Intro to Chemical Bonding

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Take a look at this chemistry chapter to review the basics of chemical bonding. This introductory chapter can help you review chemical bonding topics for an upcoming exam, class project, homework assignment or any other academic purpose.

Intro to Chemical Bonding - Chapter Summary

For a high-level overview of chemical bonding, check out this collection of engaging science lessons. Taught by expert instructors, these lessons dive into the basics of covalent and ionic bonding, bond polarity, Lewis structures, VSEPR theory, orbital hybridization and much more. Each lesson comes with a short quiz to help you reinforce your understanding of the material. You can watch the lessons on any computer or mobile device, or you can choose to print the accompanying transcripts to study offline. Our subject matter experts are also available to answer any questions you may have. By the end of the chapter, you should be equipped to:

  • Explain the fundamentals of chemical bonding
  • Differentiate between covalent and ionic bonds
  • Predict ionic character and bond polarity
  • Interpret Lewis structures
  • Define H2SO3 and HCIO
  • Discuss VSEPR theory and its limitations
  • Identify the properties of hexane
  • Outline the trigonal planar and octahedral structures in molecular geometry
  • Predict molecular shape through valence bond theory and orbital hybridization
  • Evaluate the formula and structure of acetylene

8 Lessons in Chapter 31: Intro to Chemical Bonding
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Overview of Chemical Bonds

1. Overview of Chemical Bonds

Common chemical bonds include ionic, covalent, polar covalent, and metallic. Learn why and how these bonds form, and then apply and test that knowledge through a short quiz.

H2SO3: Definition & Lewis Structure

2. H2SO3: Definition & Lewis Structure

H2SO3 is an acid with strong bleaching properties. Learn about sulfurous acid, looking into its definition and the way the atoms bond using the Lewis Structure.

HClO: Definition & Lewis Structure

3. HClO: Definition & Lewis Structure

Hypochlorous acid (HClO) is a relatively weak acid found in bleach, and therefore, useful in disinfecting water such as swimming pools. Learn the steps involved in the Lewis structure, demonstrating the bonds in this compound.

Trigonal Planar: Structure & Examples

4. Trigonal Planar: Structure & Examples

The molecular geometry of a trigonal planer compound features three atoms positioned in a triangular arrangement around a central atom to which they are bonded. Learn more about molecular geometry and examine trigonal planer compound examples.

Hexane: Structure, Formula & Properties

5. Hexane: Structure, Formula & Properties

Hexane, a hydrocarbon containing 14 hydrogen atoms that surround 6 carbon atoms, appears as saturated (single bonds) and unsaturated (double/triple bonds) compounds. Explore the structure, formula, and properties of hexane.

Octahedral in Molecular Geometry: Shape & Structure

6. Octahedral in Molecular Geometry: Shape & Structure

An octahedral is one type of shape in molecular geometry. Examine the structure of an octahedral molecule, explore the VSEPR theory, learn how bond angles are formed in octahedral molecules, and look at some examples.

Limitations of VSEPR Theory

7. Limitations of VSEPR Theory

The valence shell electron pair repulsion theory (VSEPR) is used to describe molecule shapes based on their pairs of electrons outlining their chemical bonding abilities. Explore the uses, and limitations of this theory.

Acetylene: Formula & Structure

8. Acetylene: Formula & Structure

Acetylene is a chemical compound formed when two carbon and two hydrogen atoms bond. Learn the formula and structure of acetylene, and discover many ways the colorless, odorless gas is used to meet everyday needs.

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