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Chemical Principles 8th Edition

Chemical Principles (8th Edition)

Book Edition8th Edition
Author(s)DeCoste, Zumdahl
ISBN9781305581982
PublisherCengage Learning
SubjectChemistry
Section 13.2: Electronegativity
Critical Thinking
Section 13.4: Ions: Electron Configurations and Sizes
Critical Thinking
Section 13.13: Molecular Structure: The VSEPR Model
Critical Thinking
End of Chapter
Marathon Problem
Chapter 13, Section 13.2, Critical Thinking, Exercise 01
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We use differences in electronegativity to account for certain properties of bonds. What if all atoms had the same electronegativity values? How would bonding between atoms be affected? What are some differences we would notice?

Answer

If all atoms had the same electronegativity values, electrons would always be shared equally between the atoms involved in a bond since they are equally attracted to the shared electrons. This means that all compounds would be nonpolar so some consequences of this would be that substances would have lower melting and boiling points and would not show surface tension.

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