Problem: What is the fundamental difference between covalent and ionic bonding?A. In a covalent bond, the partners share a pair of electrons; in an ionic bond, one partner accepts electrons from the other.B. Covalent bonds form between atoms of the same element; ionic bonds form between atoms of different elements.C. Covalent bonding involves only the outermost electron shell; ionic bonding also involves the next electron shell inside the outermost shell.D. In covalent bonding, both partners end up with filled outer electron shells; in ionic bonding, one partner does and the other does not.

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 Let’s first differentiate a covalent bond and an ionic bond.


Covalent or Molecular Compound

▪ composed of more than one nonmetal together
▪ nonmetal + nonmetal = covalent bond
▪ electron sharing


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What is the fundamental difference between covalent and ionic bonding?

A. In a covalent bond, the partners share a pair of electrons; in an ionic bond, one partner accepts electrons from the other.

B. Covalent bonds form between atoms of the same element; ionic bonds form between atoms of different elements.

C. Covalent bonding involves only the outermost electron shell; ionic bonding also involves the next electron shell inside the outermost shell.

D. In covalent bonding, both partners end up with filled outer electron shells; in ionic bonding, one partner does and the other does not.

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