How do electronegativity values determine charge?

1 Answer
Apr 11, 2018

Electronegativity shows the ability of an atom to attract electrons to bond with in compound.


The larger the electronegativity value is, the stronger the attraction of electrons to an atom is. This means that in a covalent bond the atom with the higher electronegativity value will have a slightly negative charge since it pulls the electron(s) towards itself while the other atom gain a slightly positive charge since the electrons move further away from its nucleus.