I lost my interest in Chemistry pretty young. But then again, it was never a strong interest anyway. I understand it holds the keys to the development of all life on Earth, but I keys never interested me either. Otherwise I’d just retrain to become a locksmith. I was always part of those
soul sappingly annoying group of kids who would say to the teacher ‘but when are we actually going to ever use this?’, as they were pointing to a bunch of electrons.
My science teacher’s answers were never satisfactory. What they should have said is: ‘if you listen really well today, you will use this precise bit of information in exactly 13 years time to write a blog post on father/son bonding.’ But I didn’t, I ignored the valuable information in lieu of swinging on my chair for an hour.
Had I listened though I would have realised that for my analogy to work I should be focusing on ionic bonds. That is because the other type of bonds, covalent bonds, are two equal atoms sharing the same electron, making them considerably weaker than ionic ones. I would also know that ionic bonds exist when one atom dominates an others electron, making the bond stronger in the process. If I’d listened properly I could have even given you the exact ‘bond disassociation energy‘ quantity of a certain bond, which is the measurement to determine how strong these bonds are. Or I could have simply just examined the electronegativities of the anion and its cation.
But I didn’t.
So I’ll just have to tell you that I spent the majority of the day with some classic father/son
ionic bonding time. I didn’t keep an eye on the electrons, as the human eye is not able of seeing at atomic level, but I can confirm the bond is strong. Certainly stronger than a covalent bond – those poor fellas. I’m not quite sure if our bond would beat Francium fluoride or even Rubidium fluoride but you’d surely have to give us a chance against Lithium iodide – and don’t get me started on the Alkali Metals.
I’m looking forward to bonding with my Mum this weekend also. You find as you grow older that these are the important things, and I personally find that it helps my mental health. It sounds simple enough; go to a football match with your Dad or go for lunch with your Mum, but it’s often taken for granted. You won’t see an atom taking an electron for granted, not in a strong bond anyway – that atom will be all over that electron, won’t it? I’m not sure, I never listened in Chemistry.
P.S I am aware that I am very lucky to have the parents I have, and I know that not everyone can, or would even want to spend time with their parents. It works for me though and I am all that matters in this world obviously.