This module offers students in an introductory chemistry or foundational inorganic course exposure to recent literature. Students will apply their knowledge of Lewis dot structure theory and basic thermodynamics to compare and contrast bonding in SiO2 and CO2.
Students should be able to:
Describe the bonding in SiO2 and related compounds (CO2)
Use Lewis dot structure theory to predict bond orders
Apply bonding models to compare and contrast bond types and bond energies (sigma, pi)
Characterize bond strengths based on ligand donors
Students should read the first paragraph of the paper prior to completing this learning object. They can be encouraged to read more of the paper, but the opening paragraph is the focus of this learning object.