How are ionic bonds like buckyballs?
A great visual of ionic bonding is with the formerly popular toy buckyballs (not to be confused with the carbon allotrope). They are tiny magnetic spheres that one could arrange in a variety of structures. By forming a cube with the buckyballs, we can illustrate ionic bonding structure.
- How are the buckyballs similar to ions in ionic bonding?
- Why do the balls stay in a rigid structure as opposed to collapsing? How is this similar to ionic bonding?
- How can we determine whether two molecules are likely to form an ionic bond? (i.e. properties, valence electrons, groups numbers, charges etc.)