# What compound forms when an atom of calcium gains two electrons from an atom of sulfur?

Dec 15, 2015

It is the other way around. The sulfur atom will gain 2 electrons from the calcium atom.

#### Explanation:

Metals lose electrons to nonmetals. So if sulfur gains 2 electrons from calcium, the calcium atom will become a calcium ion with a 2+ charge, and the sulfur atom will become a sulfide ion with a 2- charge.

The opposite charges will cause an electrostatic force of attraction between the oppositely charged ions, which will form the ionic compound calcium sulfide, $\text{CaS}$. ["Ca"]"^(2+)["S"]"^(2-)