Types of Bonds




Ionic Bonds

An atom is considered an ion when it gains or loses one or more electrons, and therefore carries a charge. These oppositely charged atoms, or ions, are attracted to one another and form ionic bonds. An ionic bond can occur between any cation, (a positively charged ion), and anion, (a negatively charged ion).


The following video discusses the formation of ions and how ionic compounds are made.

Video 1. View The Formation of Ions video on YouTube (opens in a new window).


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