What atoms form single covalent bonds?

1 Answer
Oct 16, 2016

Generally speaking, every atom except for those in group #(1)8#


A single covalent bond is a bond where two atoms share a pair of electrons. Therefore, generally speaking, any atom that doesn't have a full shell of electrons (only atoms in group 18 have a full shell) can form a single covalent bond.

A covalent bond forms from the overlap of two s orbitals. Since every single atom has at least electron is an s orbital, any atom can form a single covalent bond.