Problem: Are the bonds in each of the following substances ionic, nonpolar covalent, or polar covalent?a. KClb. P4c. BF3d. SO2e. Br2f. NO2 

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We’re being asked to determine if the given substances are ionic, nonpolar covalent, or polar covalent.


We will have to calculate the electronegativity difference of the elements forming the bond:

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Electronegativity Difference        

              (ΔEN)                                     Bond Classification
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Zero (0.0)                                          Pure Covalent
Small (0.1 – 0.4)                                Nonpolar Covalent
Intermediate (0.4  – 1.7)                    Polar Covalent
Large (Greater than 1.7)                  Ionic               


Calculate the electronegativity difference and classify each compound: 

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Are the bonds in each of the following substances ionic, nonpolar covalent, or polar covalent?

a. KCl

b. P4

c. BF3

d. SO2

e. Br2

f. NO2
 

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