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Can mutations cause ionic bonding?

  1. Sep 21, 2014 #1
    When an object is exposed to radioactive substance then ionising radiation is released. So a mutation can be caused due to radiation but does the object exposed to radioactive substance form an ionic bond? If so how? I heard ionic bond can occur only between a metal and a non-metal.
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  3. Sep 21, 2014 #2


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    No, type of the bonding doesn't change, you are mixing several things at once. Presence of ions doesn't mean presence of ionic bonds. Given enough energy you can ionize every atom, it doesn't mean it will stay in place and be a part of the same compound it was in before.
  4. Sep 21, 2014 #3
    Ionising radiation can remove an electron from an atom/ molecule that it comes into contact with. This will turn that atom/molecule into a positive ion but but that doesn't mean it forms an ionic bond.
    Yes you are correct that ionic bonding occurs between metals and non metals.
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