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Ions formed during Ionic Bonding

  1. Jul 13, 2012 #1

    I have a question about ions formed during ionic bonding.

    Is this correct? "Sodium bonds with Chlorine to form Sodium Chloride (NaCl.) Sodium loses one electron & forms a positively charged ion and Chlorine gains one & forms a negatively charged ion."

    If this is correct, when they bond do the atoms become ions or do they release them? I'm not very privy to chemistry.

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  3. Jul 14, 2012 #2


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    Technically atoms become ions first (by exchanging an electron), then they are attracted to each other by the electrostatic forces.
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