IBDP Chemistry Chapter 4 Notes

chemical bonding and structure


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Chemistry IBDP is one of the six group 4 Sciences of the IB curriculum. The IBDP Chemistry program explores the three important aspects of chemistry: Physical, Organic, and Inorganic chemistry. The program requires the student to take a look at the qualitative and quantitative aspects of each of the sections using a range of techniques. These techniques range from informative theoretical knowledge to practical applications in the lab and the real world. This holistic approach allows students to learn in a variety of methods including but not limited to exploration, discovery, gathering and interpreting data, analysing outcomes, and giving feedback. The IBO’s special attention to criteria ensures that the student can interconnect the subjects they have chosen and be able to apply them in real life.

In this chapter of IBDP Chemistry, we take an in-depth look at Chemical Bonding and Structure. Having discussed the elements and their properties in the last chapter, we now look at how they interact with one another. The chapter can be divided into seven sections, all of which are covered in a comprehensive manner in our notes. We begin with ionic bonding, its subsequent structures, and their chemical and physical properties. We then look at covalent bonds and their properties compared to ionic bonds. The next section identifies the varying covalent structures like covalent lattices and simple molecules, their relative properties, and how they are represented. We then take a look at further aspects of covalent bonding such as intermolecular forces of attraction between simple molecular structures and the different shapes they occur in. We also talk about the properties in terms of their impact on the environment. Metallic bonds and the structures are also discussed along with their characteristics. Finally, we end the chapter by discussing different types of hybridization that occur in organic compounds.

At the end of this chapter, we can expect the students to be able to identify different types of bonds and their structures throughout their IBDP career and beyond.