NaCl is an ionic compound, but chlorine and silicon are joined by covalent bonds in SiCl4
A. Use Table 5.4 (page 229 of your text) to determine the electronegativity difference between chlorine and sodium, and between chlorine and silicon. What values did you calculate in each case?
B. What general correlations can be drawn about the electronegativity difference between bonded atoms and their tendency to form ionic or covalent bonds?
C. How can you explain on the molecular level the conclusion you reached in part B?
The Attempt at a Solution
A. Cl (3.0) – Na (0.9) = 2.1. Cl (3.0) – Si(1.8) = 1.2
Other than question a, I am not sure what I am doing.