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The second quantum number used to determine the type of sublevel or subshell that a particular electron is occupying.
A negatively charged ion.
A subunit of a single element that consists of a nucleus and electrons surrounding the nucleus.
States that electrons in an atom must fill the lowest energy level first. Poor little electrons…so many rules and regulations…fill this way and fill that way. Why can't an electron ever fill the way it wants to fill?
A positively charged ion.
Explains the electrostatic interaction between charged particles. If the two charges have the same sign, the electrostatic force between them is repulsive. If they have different signs, the force between them is attractive. Charges close together mean stronger bonds, while charges far apart mean weaker bonds. It ain't fiction just a natural fact.
A bond in which one or more electron pairs are shared between two atoms, typically between two nonmetals. Caring is sharing.
Repulsion of a molecule from a magnetic field due to the presence of all paired electrons.
A measure of the polarity in a chemical bond or molecule, equal to the product of one charge and the distance between the charges.
A negatively charged atomic particle.
The attraction between atoms that have opposite charges, and hold the atoms together in ionic bonds.
Electronegativity is a measure of the attraction an atom has for electrons.
A notation that shows details about the likely locations of the electrons in a given atom.
This theory states that each atom present in a metallic crystal loses all of its valence electrons. As a result a "pool" of electrons is formed. It is believed that positively charged metal ions are held together by this "pool" of electrons. Do your electrons want to go for a swim?
States that the most stable arrangement for electrons in subshells is the one with the greatest number of parallel spins. Therefore electrons are added to the orbitals in the following way: filling them all half first before any pairing occurs in each subshell.
Atomic orbitals formed as a result of mixing the atomic orbitals of the atoms involved in the covalent bond. The type of hybrid orbital formed is dependent on the types of orbitals mixed (for example s, p, and d orbitals). The number of hybrid orbitals formed is the same as the number of atomic orbitals mixed.
Considered not a true chemical bond, but it occurs when a hydrogen atom has an electromagnetic attractive interaction with an electronegative atom. The hydrogen bond is typically stronger than Van der Waals attractions but weaker than covalent or ionic bonds.
An atom or molecule that has obtained a charge by either gaining or losing one or more electrons. This means that the proton number does not match the number of electrons giving the atom either a net negative or positive charge.
A bond formed from the electrostatic attraction between ions with different charges. This typically consists of a metal (cation) and a nonmetal (anion). A metal loses electrons to form a cation and some non-metal gains those electrons to form an anion. Opposites attract.
Describes molecular entities that share the same number of valence electrons or have the same electron configuration.
Variant of a chemical element that has the same number of protons, but different numbers of neutrons.
A notation that shows information about an atom's outermost shell, depicting the element and its valence electrons as dots around the element. Lewis sure loved his dots.
The third quantum number used to determine the spatial orientation of the orbital that the electron is occupying.
The number of protons and neutrons in an isotope of a chemical element.
A bond between metals where the valence electrons are donated to a vast electron "pool", so that the valence electrons are free to move throughout the entire metallic solid.
A type of geometry that defines the shape of a molecule, in which the nonbonding electrons become "invisible" and only the geometry of the atomic nuclei are considered.
A model that represents the bonding that takes place in covalent compounds. This theory states that atomic orbitals on individual atoms will combine to form molecular orbitals that encompass the entire molecule.
A group of atoms that are held together by covalent bonds.
A subatomic particle with no charge that resides in the nucleus of an atom. The mass of a neutron is essentially the same as the mass of a proton. Nothing but a chargeless copycat.
A bond formed when atoms share one or more pairs of electrons relatively equally. Each of the atoms attract the bonding pair of electrons equally.
States that atoms will lose, gain, or share electrons in order to achieve a filled valence shell, to complete their octet. Anybody up for a game of Crazy Eights?
The notation used to designate the electrons and orbitals of a given element. Basically just another way of expressing the electron configuration of an atom in picture perfect way.
Attraction of a molecule to a magnetic field due to the presence of unpaired electrons.
Overlapping of orbitals, where two lobes of one atomic orbital overlap two lobes of another atomic orbital. These overlapping orbitals share a nodal plane that passes through the two nuclei of the atoms involved in the covalent bond. A double bond always consists of one sigma bond and one pi bond. Mmm Pie.
A case where the two atoms involved in the covalent bond are not sharing the electrons equally. The bonded electrons are pulled toward the atom with the greater attraction towards electrons. We've all been there.
The first quantum number used to determine the energy level or shell that a particular electron is occupying.
A positively charged atomic particle. The number of protons in an atom determines the identity of the atom; for example, carbon atoms always have 6 protons.
Numbers given to a particular electron, each electron is given four. The numbers are used as a coordinate system to help identify and find the particular electron you want to study.
The average of all the possible Lewis structures of a given compound. Some molecules can have more than one possible written structure. No individual structure truly represents the actual structure. That would require an average of all the possible structures. The Resonance Theory is used to describe this situation and often uses this two-headed arrow notation (← → ) between each of the possible structures drawn.
Overlap of orbitals occurs on a line between two atoms involved in the covalent bond.
The fourth quantum number used to determine the "spin" direction of the electron you are studying in a particular orbital.
An electron found in the outermost shell of an atom...we're talking the highest energy level of the atom. These guys are definitely not afraid of heights.
Is one way in which the molecular geometry of molecules may be determined. It describes covalent bonding as a mixing of atomic orbitals to form a new kind of orbital…hybrid orbitals.
A weak attractive force between atoms or nonpolar molecules caused by a temporary change in dipole moment arising from a brief shift of orbital electrons to one side of one atom or molecule. This creates a similar shift in adjacent atoms or molecules.
A theory that predicts molecular geometry. The theory states that electron pairs around the central atom will try to stay as far away from each other as possible in order to minimize repulsive forces. Honestly, who wouldn't want to stay away from things that repulse them?