The strongest interactions in the compound sodium fluoride, NaF, are an example of what type of bond?

1 Answer
Dec 10, 2016

Sodium fluoride is an ionic compound, in which there is an ionic bond between oppositely charged ions.


During the formation of #"NaF"#, the sodium atom loses its single valence electron, forming a sodium ion with a #1^+# charge. The fluorine atom gains the electron from the sodium atom, forming a fluoride ion with a charge of #1^(-)"#. The electrostatic attraction between the oppositely charged ions forms the ionic bond.