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chemical bonding

the combining of atoms to form molecules or ionic compounds

chemical bond

an interaction that holds atoms or ions together

valence electron

an electron that is found in the outermost shell of an atom and that determines the atom's chemical properties

ionic bond

a bond that forms when electrons are transferred from one atom to another, which results in a positive ion and negative ion


a charged particle that forms when an atom or group of atoms gains or loses one or more electrons

crystal lattice

the regular pattern in which crystal is arranged

covalent bond

a bond formed when atoms share one or more pairs of electrons


the smallest unit of a substance that keeps all of the physical and chemical properties of that substance

diatomic molecules

molecules made up of two atoms

diatomic elements

elements that are found in nature

metallic bond

a bond formed by the attraction between positively charged metal ions and the electrons around them


the ability to be drawn into thin wires


the ability to be hammered into sheets

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