Talk:Covalent bonding

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What is the difference between Ionic bond and Covalent bond? Code07 13:40, 13 November 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

It has to do with the degree of sharing of electrons. Consider the bonding between NaCl. Sodium gives up 1 electron and gives it to chlorine. Not really much sharing of electrons! But now you have two ions, a sodium ion Na+ and a chloride ion Cl- that attract each other because they have opposite charges. Hence, ionic bond. Now consider something like H2. The electrons in this bond are equally shared between the two atoms, so it's covalent. --HappyCamper 16:02, 13 November 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]