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Ionic vs. Molecular: Classifying Compounds & Metal Ion Varieties!

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QUESTION:

Classify each compound as ionic or molecular. If it is ionic, determine whether the metal forms only one type of ion or more than one type of ion.

(a) \(\mathrm{CoCl}_{2}\)

(b) \(\mathrm{CF}_{4}\) 

(c) \(\mathrm{BaSO}_{4}\)

(d) NO

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Discover the art of classifying compounds as ionic or molecular based on bonding. Unravel the nuances between ionic and covalent bonds using electronegativity differences as a guide. Classify CoCl2 CF4 BaSO4 and NO with in-depth explanations and predict their properties.

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QUESTION:

Classify each compound as ionic or molecular. If it is ionic, determine whether the metal forms only one type of ion or more than one type of ion.

(a) \(\mathrm{CoCl}_{2}\)

(b) \(\mathrm{CF}_{4}\) 

(c) \(\mathrm{BaSO}_{4}\)

(d) NO

ANSWER:

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Ionic bonding is possible in a compound, when the valence electrons are transferred among the atoms of the compound. It generates positively and negatively charged ions.

Thus, ionic compounds are composed of metals and nonmetals by ionic bonds.

For example: NaCl is an ionic compound, where

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