What is the difference between an ionic and covalent bond?

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Please can somebody explain to me the difference between ionic and covalent bonding? I really don't understand!
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(Original post by charl0ttew)
Please can somebody explain to me the difference between ionic and covalent bonding? I really don't understand!
Ionic bonding is when metal and non metal react together

Covalent bonding is when both non metals bond together
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(Original post by loriliecox)
Ionic bonding is when metal and non metal react together

Covalent bonding is when both non metals bond together
This isn't really correct.

For example, metal complexes involve covalent bonds with water, chlorine etc

Not mention the whole field of organometallic chemistry that has metals forming covalent bonds with Carbon
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Please can somebody explain to me the difference between ionic and covalent bonding? I really don't understand!
You know you can check Bitesize, right?

An ionic bond is formed between metals and non-metals and involves the transfer of electrons from the metal to the non-metal.

A covalent bond occurs between two non-metals and involves sharing electrons between each other.
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How hard did you try to understand?
Uhh pretty hard?
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(Original post by k.n.h.)
You know you can check Bitesize, right?

An ionic bond is formed between metals and non-metals and involves the transfer of electrons from the metal to the non-metal.

A covalent bond occurs between two non-metals and involves sharing electrons between each other.
Thank you! And yeah, was just overwhelmed by information
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Please can somebody explain to me the difference between ionic and covalent bonding? I really don't understand!
For an ionic bond to form, an atom would lose an electron and become positively charged. Another atom would receive that electron and become negatively charged. Opposites attract, so these two ions would attract each other electrostatically.

In a covalent bond, two atoms would share a pair of electrons. Normally at GCSE, one atom would prove one electron and the other atom would provide the other. The electrostatic attraction between the negatively charged shared pair of electrons and postitively charged nucleus allows the bond to form and maintains the bond
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(Original post by charl0ttew)
Thank you! And yeah, was just overwhelmed by information
Ah, ok - and no problem! Just check that site to confirm
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Please can somebody explain to me the difference between ionic and covalent bonding? I really don't understand!
Covalent is where electrons are shared, ionic is where electrons are transferred. Ionic is with a metal and non metal, covalent with 2 non metals.
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For an ionic bond to form, an atom would lose an electron and become positively charged. Another atom would receive that electron and become negatively charged. Opposites attract, so these two ions would attract each other electrostatically.

In a covalent bond, two atoms would share a pair of electrons. Normally at GCSE, one atom would prove one electron and the other atom would provide the other. The electrostatic attraction between the negatively charged shared pair of electrons and postitively charged nucleus allows the bond to form and maintains the bond
Thank you so much! I think I understand now
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