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Ionic bonds form between atoms of dissimilar elements


Covalent bond formation occurs between similar or even identical atoms. Most often two nonmetals are involved


Electron transfer

is the mechanism by which ionic bond formation occurs

Covalent bond

formation involves electron sharing

Ionic compounds

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.

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