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Ionic Bonding

Ionic bonding is when ions are stuck together by electrostatic attraction. Ions are formed when
electrons are transferred from one atom to another. The simplest ions are single atoms which
have either lost or gained 1, 2, 3 electrons so as to have a full outer shell.

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Sodium chloride has a giant ionic lattice structure. In NaCl, the Na+ and Cl- ions are packed
together in a regular structure called a lattice. The structure is called `giant' because it's made
up of the same basic unit repeated over and over again. The sodium chloride lattice is cube…


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