# What type of bond is formed in a diatomic element where the two atoms are identical?

Oct 20, 2016

A diatomic element in which both atoms are the same, such as $\text{H"_2}$ and $\text{O"_2}$, the bond will be non-polar covalent. This is because the electronegativities of the two atoms are identical, so subtracting one from the other gives an electronegativity difference of zero.