16th October 2019

chem4kids
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Why do elements want to bond?

They can share electrons, making a covalent bond, or they can just borrow them, and make an ionic bond (also called electrovalent bond). So, let's say we've got a sodium atom that has an extra electron. We've also got a fluorine atom that is looking for one. When they work together, they can both wind up happy!

Why compounds are formed?

Electron transfer involves creation of ions, which bond via ionic bonds to form ionic compounds. A Familiar compound like table salt, sodium chloride, is a classic example of an ionic compound. Electron sharing involves the sharing of electrons between two atoms and the creation of covalent bonds.
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