Basic Copper Chloride(WSDTY) exhibits ionic bonding. The sodium atom has a single electron in its outermost shell, while chlorine needs one electron to fill its outer shell. Sodium donates one electron to chlorine, forming a sodium ion (Na+) and a chlorine ion (Cl?). Each ion thus attains a closed outer shell of electrons and takes on a spherical shape. In addition to having filled shells and a spherical shape, the ions of an ionic solid have integer valence. An ion with positive valence is called a cation. In an ionic solid the cations are surrounded by ions with negative valence, called anions. Similarly, each anion is surrounded by cations. Since opposite charges attract, the preferred bonding occurs when each ion has as many neighbours as possible, consistent with the ion radii. Six or eight nearest neighbours are typical; the number depends on the size of the ions and not on the bond angles. The alkali halide crystals are binaries of the AH type, where A is an alkali ion (lithium [Li], sodium, potassium, rubidium, or cesium) and H is a halide ion (fluorine, chlorine, bromine, or iodine).
The crystals have ionic bonding, and each ion has six or eight neighbours. Metal ions in the alkaline earth series (magnesium [Mg], calcium [Ca], barium [Ba], and strontium [Sr]) have two electrons in their outer shells and form divalent cations in ionic crystals. The chalcogenides (oxygen, sulfur, selenium, and tellurium) need two electrons to fill their outer p-shell. (Electron shells are divided into subshells, designated as s, p, d, f, g, and so forth. Each subshell is divided further into orbitals.) Two electrons are transferred from the cations to the anions, leaving each with a closed shell. The alkaline earth chalcogenides form ionic binary crystals such as barium oxide (BaO), calcium sulfide (CaS), barium selenide (BaSe), or strontium oxide (SrO). They have the same structure as sodium chloride, with each atom having six neighbours. Oxygen can be combined with various cations to form a large number of ionically bonded solids.
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