ionic and covalent bonds

This is a concept from the study of chemistry. Atoms can be bonded (meaning stuck together) to each other in two different ways:

  • A covalent bond happens when atoms share electrons between them.
  • An ionic bond happens when one atom removes electrons from another atom, and they are attracted to each other as a result.

If you'd like to understand ionic and covalent bonds better, you can watch this video lesson:

This topic doesn't come up in conversation much outside of science classes.

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