Problem: Which element, when combined with fluorine, would most likely form an ionic compound?a.) lithiumb.) carbonc.) phosphorusd.) chlorine

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We’re being asked to determine the element, when combined with fluorine, that would most likely form an ionic compound


Ionic Compound

▪ composed of a positive ion called a cation connected to a negative ion called an anion.
positive ions (cations) are usually metals and negative ions (anion) are usually nonmetals

metal + nonmetal = ionic bond

▪ cations and anions can also be polyatomic ions (example: NH4+, C­H3COO-, SO42-)

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Which element, when combined with fluorine, would most likely form an ionic compound?

a.) lithium

b.) carbon

c.) phosphorus

d.) chlorine

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