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Ionic bonding (2)

Ionic bonding is first presented to students as electron transfer but: ionic bonding is a type of bonding where one element is negatively charged and one is positively charged and therefore are attracted to each other.


Note: Covalent bonding is sharing

To remember what ionic bonding is, recall the following mnemonic:

The iconic (ionic) man attracted lots of women.

The iconic (ionic) man attracted lots of women.

to get more technical, ionic bonding is the electrostatic force of attraction between a positively charged metal and a negatively charged non-metal.

Note: The losing of electrons (and becoming a +ve charged element) and gaining of electrons (and becoming a -ve charge element) and then forming an immediate ionic bond is called a redox reaction.

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