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Ionic Bond

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Ionic; Sodium

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Ionic Bonds

Since the atoms of most elements do not have full outer electron shells, they tend to react with one another to form compounds with a more noble gas like electron configuration. In an ionic bond, an electron is transferred from one atom with a nearly empty outer shell, like a metal, to another in with a nearly full outer shell, like a non-metal. One atom gains an electron while one atom loses an electron, and the resulting compound is more stable than either of the original atoms.


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