WARNING - Electron Theft at Highest Rate in Years

Good morning everyone.

Quick blog for all you chemistry students, especially those taking science 10.

Remember that atoms on the periodic table do not have a charge until they form compounds.

Two types of compounds can be formed:

  1. Molecular compounds are formed when two non-metals share electrons to fill their valence electron shells.
  2. Ionic compounds are formed when non-metals steal electrons from metals in order to fill their valence electron shells. The non metal ends up with a negative charge and is called an anion. The metal ends up with a positive charge and is called a cation. The two oppositely charged ions then are attracted to one another.


The next time you see a non-metal walking towards you guard your electrons well, unless you want to be attracted to that non-metal.

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Sep 17, 2012 Posted by: Tom MacFarlane


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