Science Weblecture for Unit 55
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Molecules are groups of atoms which are held together by the interactions of their electrons. At the beginning of this course, we discussed the atom, and the 19th-century chemist's definitions of Ionic and covalent bonds. Now we have an explanation for the variation in bonding strengths and properties between atoms in different molecules. The position of the electron in one or the other possible orbital shells determines what kind of bonds the atom can form. Study the websites below for information on the types of bonds that form between atoms and molecules to form different substances.
Use the learning objectives as your questions for this site.
Some of this material will be familiar to you from earlier units. Here we have a new perspective, looking at the divisible atom and its parts, and how each contributes to the relationship between atoms in molecules.
In solid metals, the nuclei are held together in a lattice arrangement. The electrons of the outer shells and some special inner shell electrons are free to move around and change places with electrons from other atoms. This freedom of motion explains the ability of metals to conduct heat and electricity readily; it also explains the tendency of metal to bend easily (its ductility and malleability).
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