In an aqueous solution the compound
In the compound
The ionic bonds become separated in an aqueous solution. The polar covalent bonding of the water molecules pull the ionic bonds apart. The Florine atoms with the greatest electron density are surrounded by the Hydrogen side of the water molecule separating the Florine atom from the Magnesium atom creating two Florine -1 ions.
The Magnesium atom with very little electron density attracts the Oxygen side of the water which has a partial negative charge. This causes the Magnesium atom to separate from the Florine atom and creates a Magnesium +2 ion.
It's all in the transfer of electrons from
We can imagine the reaction taking place in two steps.
First, a fluorine molecule separates into two fluorine atoms:
Note: It takes energy to break the