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Extra Notes on chemical bonding for advanced A level chemistry students

Extra Notes on Covalent Bonding and Covalent Compounds

All the advanced A level 'basics' with lots of examples of dot and cross diagrams of ionic bonding, Lewis diagrams, properties of covalent compounds etc. is on a separate page.

COVALENT BONDING

However, advanced electron notation using s, p and d notation was NOT included, only a brief mention of intermolecular forces/intermolecular bonding. Dative covalent bonds and shapes of molecules were not included. These and other covalent molecules are covered on this page.

There are other pages on SHAPES of MOLECULES

Dative covalent bond (co-ordinate bond)

A dative covalent is formed when the pair of electrons forming the bond are donated by one atom only. This contrasts with the usual covalent bond by each atom of the bond contributing one electron.

Examples of dative bond formation

1. Formation of the oxonium ion H3O+    (also known as hydroxonium ion, hydronium ion)

H2O(l) + H+(aq)  [H3O]+, a pair of electrons (a lone pair) from the oxygen atom of the water is donated to a proton to form an oxygen-hydrogen dative (co-ordinate) covalent bond in the oxonium ion.

This reaction happens whenever you dissolve a soluble acidic substance in water, but the proton can also come from another water molecule in a self-ionisation process 2H2O(l) H3O+  + OH-(aq).

H2O: + H+  [H2OH]+    where the arrow indicates and 'accentuates' the dative (co-ordinate) covalent bond between the oxygen and the hydrogen. BUT, note that all 3 O-H bonds in the oxonium ion are identical.

 

2. Formation of the ammonium ion NH4+

NH3(aq)  +  H+(aq)    NH4+(aq),  the lone pair of electrons on the nitrogen atom is donated to the proton to form a nitrogen-hydrogen dative (co-ordinate) covalent bond in the ammonium ion.

This reaction happens when you dissolve ammonia gas in water (the proton comes from the water) or when you react aqueous ammonia solution with any acid.

H3N: + H+  [H3NH]+    where the arrow indicates and 'accentuates' the dative covalent bond between the nitrogen and the hydrogen. BUT, note that all 4 N-H bonds in the ammonium ion are identical.

 

3. Transition metal complexes - dative covalent bonds with ligands

The ligands surrounding the central ion of a complex ion donate pairs of electrons to form the ligand-metal ion bond

octahedral complexes with 6 dative (co-ordinate) bonds

tetrahedral complexes with 4 dative (co-ordinate) bonds

 


Single and multiple covalent bonds

Single covalent bond (known as a σ bond, sigma bond)

alkanes structure and naming (c) doc b

Double covalent bond = (σ bond and pi π bond)

O=O

O=C=O

 

Triple covalent bond (σ bond and pi π bond)

Alkynes are unsaturated hydrocarbons with a Calkene (c) doc bC carbon-carbon triple bond

Examples: C2H2, alkene (c) doc b ethyne

C3H4, alkene (c) doc b propyne

The nitrogen molecule also has a triple bond  :NN:

 

triple bond, rest have all single bonds.

 


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