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Ions and ionic bonding

Ions are atoms with either extra electrons or missing

A normal atom is called a neutral atom. That term
describes an atom with a number of electrons equal to
the atomic number.

What do you do if you are a sodium (Na) atom? You have…

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Now that you have given up the electron, you are quite
electrically attractive. Other electrically charged atoms
(ions) are now looking at you and seeing a good partner
to bond with. That's where chlorine comes in.

Ionic bonds are just groups of charged ions held
together by electric forces.


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