What is the difference between covalent and ionic bonds?

1 Answer
Apr 22, 2018

Covalent bonds share atoms, ionic bonds transfer them.


If you have two atoms, and both have one positive and negative electrons, a covalent bond will turn into a molecule by sharing the two negative ions. If you have two atoms with the same criteria, a ionic bond will transfer one of the negative electrons to the other atom, making one negatively charged atom and one positively charged atom. So, the main difference between covalent and ionic bonds is that covalent bond share, ionic bonds transfer