• 1.) Chemical compounds are generally grouped into one of two categories: covalent compounds and ionic compounds. Ionic compounds are made up of electrically charged atoms or molecules as a result of gaining or losing electrons. Ions of opposite charges form ionic compounds, usually as a result of a metal reacting with a nonmetal.
  • 2.) The world of chemical science was introduced to the principle of covalence in 1919. Future Nobel Prize-winning chemist Irving Langmuir coined the term to describe the molecular bonds formed by electrons in the outermost shell or valence of atoms. The term “covalent bond” first came into use in 1939. An American chemist, Irving Langmuir was born in Brooklyn, New York, on January 31, 1881, as the third of four sons to Charles Langmuir and Sadie Comings. Langmuir graduated as a metallurgical engineer from the School of Mines at Columbia University in 1903 and earned his M. A. and Ph.D. in chemistry in 1906. His work in surface chemistry would be rewarded with the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, in 1932.
  • 3.) Put simply, without atoms the universe would not exist. This is because atoms are the basic building blocks of matter. What exactly is meant by matter? In the physical and chemical sciences, “matter” is defined as that which occupies space and possesses rest mass, especially as distinct from energy. So in a universal nutshell, “matter” is everything. Atoms are made up of three basic subatomic particles: protons, neutrons, and electrons. Protons are subatomic particles that maintain a positive electrical charge. Neutrons are subatomic particles that have neither a positive nor a negative electrical charge, i.e. neutral. Protons and neutrons combine to make up an atom’s nucleus. Electrons, the final subatomic particle type, maintain a negative electrical charge and orbit the atomic nucleus like a cloud.
  • 4.) When atoms bond to each other to form molecules, the process can occur in a few different ways. The main way that atoms will bond is known as covalent. The term covalent refers to the fact that the bond involves the sharing of one or more pairs of electrons. There are also other ways that atoms can form valent bonds, including:
  • Ionic bonds or bonds formed when one atom gives up one or more electrons to another atom.
  • Metallic bonds, the type of chemical bonding that holds the atoms of metals together. Metallic bondings are the forced attraction between valence electrons and the metal atoms.
  • 5.) As valent attractions between atoms occur they form molecular bonds or substances that are either compounds or elements. Although molecular compounds and molecular elements occur as a result of covalent bonding there is also an important difference between the two. The difference between a molecule of a compound and a molecule of an element is that in a molecule of an element, all the atoms are the same. For example, in a molecule of water (a compound), there is one oxygen atom and two hydrogen atoms. But in a molecule of oxygen (an element), both of the atoms are oxygen.
  • 6.) There are many examples of compounds having covalent bonds, including the gases in our atmosphere, common fuels and most of the compounds in our body. Here are three examples. Methane molecule (CH4) The electronic configuration of carbon is 2,4. It needs 4 more electrons in its outer shell to be like the noble gas neon. To do this one carbon atom shares four electrons with the single electrons from four hydrogen atoms. The methane molecule has four C-H single bonds.

Water molecule (H2O)

One oxygen atom joins with two hydrogen atoms. The water molecule has two O-H single bonds.

Carbon dioxide (CO2) One carbon atom joins with two oxygen atoms. The carbon dioxide molecule has two C=O bonds.


When like atoms form covalent molecular bonds, the results are covalent elements. The nonmetal covalent elements found in the periodic table include:

  • hydrogen
  • carbon
  • nitrogen
  • phosphorus
  • oxygen
  • sulfur and selenium.

Additionally, all of the halogen elements, including:

  • fluorine
  • chlorine
  • bromine
  • iodine and astatine, are all covalent nonmetal elements.
  • 8.) Unlike ionic bonds, covalent bonds often form between atoms where one of the atoms cannot easily attain a noble gas electron shell configuration through the loss or gain of one or two electrons. … Therefore atoms that bond covalently shares their electrons to complete their valence shell. The greater the electronegativity difference, the more ionic the bond is. Bonds that are partly ionic are polar covalent bonds. Nonpolar covalent bonds, with equal sharing of the bond electrons, arise when the electronegativities of the two atoms are equal.
  • 9.) In a polar covalent bond, the electrons shared by the atoms spend a greater amount of time, on the average, closer to the Oxygen nucleus than the Hydrogen nucleus. This is because of the geometry of the molecule and the great electronegativity difference between the Hydrogen atom and the Oxygen atom. A water molecule, abbreviated as H2O, is an example of a polar covalent bond. The electrons are unequally shared, with the oxygen atom spending more time with electrons than the hydrogen atoms. Since electrons spend more time with the oxygen atom, it carries a partial negative charge.
  • 10.) Non-polar molecules are less likely to be able to dissolve in water. A non- polar substance is one without a dipole, meaning that it has an equitable distribution of electrons in its molecular structure. Examples include carbon dioxide, vegetable oils, and petroleum products.   An example of a nonpolar covalent bond is the bond between two hydrogen atoms because they equally share the electrons. Another example of a nonpolar covalent bond is the bond between two chlorine atoms because they also equally share the electrons.

Practice questions:

1.) CBr4 and NH3 have a shape related to a tetrahedron

2.) HCN has the largest bond angle

3.) The observation that the bond lengths found in the carbonate ion are equal to resonance structures

4.) SO3 and HCN have all atoms lying in the same plane

5.) XeF4, square planar is paired correctly with their molecules in geometry

6.) Ba, Zn, C, Cl are the elements listed in order of increasing electronegativity

7.) The difference in bond angles is due to the size of the central atom

8.) we may draw both polar and non polar for this lewis structure, CHCL

9.) HCCH has the fewest pi bonds and in non polar

10.) the following is an incomplete diagram of Lewis structure

The complete Lewis structure has both Polar and non polar bonds

11.) CO is not a linear structure

12.) The Lewis structure of the cyanide ion most closely resembles NO

13.) Trigonal planar shape. and 120 degrees are two items not properly related

14.) The nitrate ion, can be described as having two nitrogen to oxygen bonds that are single bonds and a third is a double bond

15.) BCI has a pair of non bonding electrons on the central atom

16.) The triple bond is shorter than the double bond is true when the C=C and C=-C bonds are compared

17.) The molecule BF ha no overall dipole moment but. =a molecule of PF does because the overall structure of BF is linear

18.) There are 6 sigma bonds and 3 pi bonds in the C==C compound

19.) 90 degrees is NOT expected in any simple molecule


20.) sp is a molecule that does NOT represent hybridization

21.) bond length is the least related to the strength of a covalent bond

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