Bonding and Packing in Minerals Given an understanding of the structure, size, and composition of the chemical elements (Chapter 7), we are ready to study the forces that hold atoms together in their symmetric configurations. This chapter introduces Linus Pauling's "rules" that help us understand the ways atoms bond to each other to form polyhedra, and, in turn, how these polyhedra join together to form crystal structures. Metallic, covalent, and ionic bonds are explained by exploring the underlying atomic physics.
Topics covered in Chapter 8 include:
• The Forces that Bind
• A Dog-Gone Good Analogy for Chemical Bonding
• Metallic Bonds
• Covalent Bonds
• Intermediate Covalent-Ionic Bonding
• Ionic Bonds
• Van der Waals Bonds
• Hydrogen Bonds
This Mineralogy and Optical Mineralogy Series is specifically designed to take full advantage of digital media technology to empower students and teachers of mineralogy. Using color photographs, illustrations, movies, 3D models that can be rotated, interactive diagrams, and review questions, this series makes a challenging subject approachable. Also, each chapter in the series is available separately allowing the reader to pick and choose only those chapters they need for their specific course.