Chemical bonds are the glue that hold atoms and molecules together. In the this tutorial, we will begin looking at bonding theory, how individual atoms connect to form more complex structures. We will examine the basic ideas of bonding, showing that atoms share electrons to form molecules with stable Lewis structures and that we can predict the shapes of those molecules by valence shell electron pair repulsion (VSEPR) theory.We will also explore additional concepts such as valence bond theory, orbital hybridization, and molecular orbital theory.
In summary, we will learn about the different kinds of bonds, ways chemists draw bonds and molecules, and how the type of chemical bonding affects the bulk properties of a material. We will study electronegativity, Lewis dot structures, models used to predict molecular geometry, bond hybridization, and ionic, covalent, and metallic bonds.
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