Ionic bonds form between atoms of dissimilar elements
Covalent bond formation occurs between similar or even identical atoms. Most often two nonmetals are involved
is the mechanism by which ionic bond formation occurs
formation involves electron sharing
array of alternating positive and negative ions
covalently bonded compounds
basic structural unit is a molecule. Indeed, such compounds are called molecular compounds."
all ionic compounds
solid at room temp
An ionic solid, if soluble in water
aqueous solution that conducts electricity.
molecular compound, if soluble in water,
a nonconducting aqueous solution.