Chemical Compounds

  1. There are two ways to form these: through Covalent and Ionic bonding, correct? But I have always wondered something about Ionic bonding, if two atoms are attracted to each other due to opposite charges, shouldn't they be close enough to make the electrons be attracted into the opposite atom and basically form a covalent bond?
     
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  3. Borek

    Staff: Mentor

    Depends on how tightly they keep electrons to themselves.
     
  4. Related to the electronegativity of an atom riiiiight?
     
  5. Borek

    Staff: Mentor

    Good point.
     
  6. Sooo?
     
  7. Borek

    Staff: Mentor

    So if they keep electrons close enough, they don't share them, and the bond stays ionic.
     
  8. Click.
     
  9. Covalent bonds are stronger then, so is it true that some elements form one type of bond easier than others? Because electronegativity differs.
     
  10. Borek

    Staff: Mentor

    Yes, and electronegativity is one of the reasons.

    What is level of chemistry you are learning?
     
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