How do atoms combine?

1 Answer
Sep 11, 2017

Answer:

By the sharing of electron density, or by the exchange of electrons to form discrete positive and negative ions.....

Explanation:

The modern covalent 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 operates between the nuclei and the electron cloud.

Alternatively, atoms can exchange electrons to form discrete positive and negative ions, which may be bound together in a non-molecular, electrostatic lattice.

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