What occurs as two atoms of fluorine combine to become a molecule of fluorine?

1 Answer
Mar 14, 2018


When two fluorine atoms combine, they become more stable, and form a molecule called #F_2#. When referring to fluorine itself, #F_2# is usually used, as fluorine never exists alone due to its reactivity.

At room temperature and pressure, fluorine exists as a yellowish-greenish gas, and will almost react with anything just to get that extra electron.

Since the bonding of #F_2# is between two same elements, which are non-metals, non-polar covalent bonding occurs. Here is a diagram of the molecule:


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