Ionic compounds form when the atoms of a metal combine with the atoms of a non - metal
1.37 Electron transfer
Electrostatic forces are responsible for holding together the atoms in all substances. These forces are known as bonds, chemical bonds.
Chemical bonds are set up when electrons are transferred or shared between atoms. In this section we consider Ionic bonds . These form when atoms of metals transfer electrons to atoms of non-metals. The metal atoms lose electrons and become positive ions. The non - metal atoms gain electrons and form negative ions.
1.37 Activity 1. Achieving a full shell
- 1.37 understand how ions are formed by electron loss or gain
Watch the video closely pausing where instructed. Write down your answers to the following questions.
- How do positively charged ions form from atoms?
- What are cations?
- How do anions form from atoms?
- What is the other word used for outermost shell?
- When atoms form ions what can you say about the arrangement of electrons in the outermost shell
1.38 Activity 2. Know your ions.
- 1.38 know the charges of common ions listed
You will have noted from the video that metal atoms tend to lose the electrons in their outermost electrons and form positive ions. The charge of the ion formed is equal to the number of electrons lost.
Non metal atoms gain electrons (when bonding with metals) and form negative ions. The non- metal atom gains enough electrons to complete its outermost shell
Use these ideas and the periodic table given to complete the following exercise.
1.39 Activity 3. Finding formulae
- 1.39 write formulae for compounds formed between the ions listed
Watch the video closely pausing where instructed. Use the information given to work out the correct formulae for the following compounds:
- lithium nitride
- potassium oxide
- zinc oxide
- silver chloride
1.3.9 A neat trick
A simple way to work out the formula of an ionic compound.
You can use this method to balance the charges and therefore work out the formula of any combination of positive and negative ions.
If the charge is 1- or 1+ we do not put the number 1 in the formula. For example : for sodium chloride we write NaCl rather than Na1Cl1
If the charges are 2+ and 2- ( as in magnesium and oxygen) , the crossover method would give us Mg2O2 but we simplify this and write it as MgO.
So far we have considered only monatomic ions. These are ions formed when single atoms gain or lose electrons.
1.3.9 Activity 4. Polyatomic ions
1.3.9 Activity 4. Polyatomic formulae
When writing formula involving polyatomic ions you need to be careful to use round brackets appropriately. The video here explains why.
Watch the video carefully and use it to note down the formulae of the following compounds :
- sodium nitrate
- magnesium hydroxide
- potassium sulfate
- copper (II) chloride
- copper (I) oxide
- ammonium sulfate
- aluminium carbonate
** Check your answers by rolling your cursor over the relevant name.