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

Mar 14, 2018

#### Explanation:

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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