Sunday, April 8, 2012

Visual picture of single ionic bond next to single covalent bond

 If we strictly talk about the base unit of an ionic compound and the base unit of a covalent compound we can show pictorially the physical difference between these two types of bonds. See figure below.












The melding of the two nuclei on the left (H-F bond) shows the sharing of outer electrons while the distinct nature of each atom of the NaCl demonstrates the +/- nature of the ionic bond.

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