In This Chapter
Taking apart an atom and putting it back together
Reviewing electron apartments: orbitals
Predicting dipole moments for bonds and molecules
Discovering ionic and covalent bonds
Mixing in orbital mixing
Determining orbital pictures for organic molecules
In this chapter, you take apart an atom, study the most important pieces (being careful not to lose any), and then put it back together again, as if you were an atom mechanic. After you see all the pieces, including where they fit in an atom and how they work, you begin to see how atoms come together and bond, and you discover the different kinds of bonds. Here, you find out that atoms were not created equally: Some atoms are greedy, and they selfishly plunder the electrons in a bond for themselves, while others are more generous. I show you how to distinguish ...