How can electronegativity be used to determine the type of bond?

1 Answer
May 15, 2018

It can determine if a molecule is polar or not...


Electronegativity difference between two atoms in a bond can determine what type of bond is used. Note that this usually only applies to covalent and ionic bonds.

The general rule is that:

#Delta"EN">2, "the bond is ionic"#

#0.5<=Delta"EN"<2, "the bond is polar covalent"#

#Delta"EN"<0.5, "the bond is non-polar covalent"#