What is the current view of the chemical bond?

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Feb 25, 2017

#"The modern chemical bond is........."#


The modern chemical bond is conceived to be a region of high electron density between 2 positively charged atomic nuclei such that internuclear repulsion is negated and a net attractive force results.

We conceive of the covalent bond as the sharing of 2 electrons between 2 positively charged atomic nuclei: there is an equilibrium distance where internuclear repulsion is minimized, and this is the equilibrium bond length.

Atoms and molecules can also transfer electrons to form discrete anions and cations, which are bound electrostatically to form ionic species.