Breaking Bad : Season 2 : Episode 7: “Negro Y Azul”
As Hank heads south to deal with the steady flow of drugs from across the border, Walt and Jesse start to build their own empire right under his nose. These guys really need to start watching The Wire (wouldn’t it look great on Jesse’s TV?) – then they’d find out that the game ain’t about territory no more, it’s about product. In this post, I’ll be talking about chemical bonds.
Walt describes chemical bonding as a “strong force of attraction” between atoms, and mentions both covalent and ionic bonding. Forming molecules from atoms (through chemical bonding) increases overall stability – for example, the nitrogen in the air is mostly present as molecular nitrogen (N2); atomic nitrogen (N) is not normally stable. Walt illustrates his explanation with a molecule of methyl nitrite, which contains both single and double bonds.
In simple terms, we can think of covalent bonding as the sharing of electrons between atoms and ionic bonding as the transfer of electrons between atoms. Both of these result in a net attractive force. In covalent bonds, if a negatively-charged electron is positioned between two positively-charged nuclei then both nuclei will be attracted to it and hence towards each other. In ionic bonds, the transfer of electrons results in positively-charged (loss of electron) and negatively-charged (gain of electron) ions, which are attracted to each other.
For background information on this topic, see the primer on atomic structure.
Elements in the credits
|Robb Wilson King||Tungsten|
|MiChael Slovis||No such element|
|StewArt A. Lyons||Argon|
I’m not sure why Michael Slovis wasn’t assigned iodine (I), carbon (C), hydrogen (H), sulfur (S), oxygen (O) or vanadium (V).