The Covalent or Ionic Calculator serves as a valuable tool to determine the type of chemical bond formed between two elements based on their electronegativity difference.
Formula of Covalent or Ionic Calculator
The calculation involves the difference in electronegativity (ΔEN) between two atoms, determined by the formula:
ΔEN = |Electronegativity of Atom A - Electronegativity of Atom B|
- ΔEN represents the electronegativity difference.
- Electronegativity of Atom A signifies the electronegativity of the first atom.
- Electronegativity of Atom B signifies the electronegativity of the second atom.
The type of chemical bond formed is based on the following conditions:
- If the electronegativity difference is less than 2.00, the bond is ionic.
- If the electronegativity difference is between 0.4 and 2.00, the bond is polar covalent.
- If the electronegativity difference is less than 0.4, the bond is covalent.
Table of General Terms
|Type of Bond
|Less than 0.4
|Between 0.4 and 2.00
|Less than 2.00 but above 0.4
This table provides users with a quick reference to understand the type of bond formed based on the electronegativity difference.
Example of Covalent or Ionic Calculator
Suppose we have two elements: Element A with an electronegativity value of 2.1 and Element B with a value of 3.0. To determine the bond type:
ΔEN = |2.1 - 3.0| = 0.9
The electronegativity difference between Element A and Element B is 0.9. As this value falls between 0.4 and 2.00, the bond formed between these elements is a polar covalent bond.
Most Common FAQs
Electronegativity is a measure of an atom's ability to attract shared electrons in a chemical bond towards itself.
Simply input the electronegativity values of the two atoms into the respective fields and click 'Calculate'. The tool will then determine the type of bond formed between those elements.
Yes, the calculator is accurate in determining the type of chemical bond based on the given electronegativity values of the atoms.