Covalent and Ionic Bonds
By Andrej Petrovski
An ionic bond is an electrical attraction between two oppositely charged atoms or groups of atoms. Normally, atoms are neutral and have no charge. However, in order to gain stability they will sacrifice their neutrality by either losing one or more of its outermost electrons thus becoming a positive ion (cation) or they will gain one or more electrons thus becoming a negative ion (anion). Elements
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pair originally belonged to the oxygen.
In conclusion, here is a list of differences between Ionic and Covalent bonds:
Transfer of Valence Electrons Sharing of Valence Electrons
Bond between Metal and Non-Metal Bond between Non-Metals
Stronger than Covalent Bond Weaker
To sum it all up, the key words when talking about Ionic and Covalent bonding are transfer and sharing. Ionic bonds transfer electrons from metal to non-metal, and covalent bonds share electrons equally.