Can a compound have multiple structures?

In summary, the conversation discusses the possibility of a compound having multiple structures, using Sodium dichloride as an example. Further research is suggested on isomers and the properties of this compound. There is also speculation on the reaction of Na- with Cl2 and its electron configuration.
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Please read about isomers.

I am not convinced sodium dichloride is a real compound, looks more like a hypothetical triple ion with its properties estimated by computational methods.
 
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Borek said:
Please read about isomers.

I am not convinced sodium dichloride is a real compound, looks more like a hypothetical triple ion with its properties estimated by computational methods.
Then how does Na- react with Cl2? Does it create NaCl plus a separate unbonded Cl- ion? At least in terms of electron configuration it seems more balanced, right?o_O
 
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No idea if it is even possible to make them react directly, Na- doesn't exist as a separate entity, only in exotic compounds.
 
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Related to Can a compound have multiple structures?

1. Can a compound have more than one chemical structure?

Yes, a compound can have multiple chemical structures. This is known as isomerism, where the same molecular formula can have different arrangements of atoms.

2. How do compounds have multiple structures?

Compounds can have multiple structures due to the presence of double or triple bonds, which allow for different arrangements of atoms. Additionally, the presence of different functional groups can also lead to isomerism.

3. Can compounds with multiple structures have different properties?

Yes, compounds with multiple structures can have different physical and chemical properties. This is because the different arrangements of atoms can affect the overall shape, polarity, and reactivity of the molecule.

4. Are all compounds capable of having multiple structures?

No, not all compounds are capable of having multiple structures. This depends on the type and number of functional groups present in the molecule, as well as the presence of double or triple bonds.

5. How are the structures of a compound determined?

The structures of a compound can be determined through various techniques, such as spectroscopy, X-ray crystallography, and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). These methods allow scientists to analyze the arrangement of atoms and bonds within a molecule.

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