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Posted by on Tuesday, September 23, 2008 at 3:45pm.

Fill in the blanks with a, b, c, or d.

When comparing the strength of bonds between molecules, Ionic bonds have _______ bonds, and molecular bonds have _____ bonds?
a. very strong, weaker
b. weak, strong
c. strong, very strong
d. weak, very weak

I believe the answer is A.

  • Chemistry - , Tuesday, September 23, 2008 at 4:21pm

    Ok, some will take that answer, and some will take any other answer. I have seen some texts pronounce b) the answer. It is a very bad question. Ionic bonds and molecular bonds vary, and overlap each other. And, it depends on the products of the breaking (ions or atoms).

    http://www.newton.dep.anl.gov/askasci/chem00/chem00702.htm

    http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Why_are_ionic_bonds_weaker_than_covalent_bonds

  • Chemistry - , Tuesday, September 23, 2008 at 4:25pm

    I agree that this isn't a good question. For example, diamond is a covalent bond an is the hardest material known.

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