Mammoth Memory

Covalent bonding (sharing)

Covalent bonding is where atoms share electrons.

Covalent is the sharing of electrons

To remember this, think of two people (non-metal) covered by a veil (covalent) and sharing the robot (electron).

Covalent = sharing

 

 

Example

Within carbon dioxide molecules, a carbon atom shares all of the electrons in its outer shell with two oxygen atoms.  

Diagram of carbon atoms sharing their electrons in the outer shell with oxygen atoms

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