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Ionic Bonds



terms Terms
Anion  -  A negatively charged ion.
Bond  -  That which holds together atoms in molecules and ions in lattices.
Bond Length  -  The distance between bonded nuclei.
Bond Strength  -  The amount of energy necessary to break a bond. The energy gives a measure of how hard it is to break a bond.
Cation  -  A positively charged ion.
Coulomb's Law  -  A mathematical formula whose consequence is that negatively and positively charged particles attract each other and similarly charged species repel each other.
Covalent Bond  -  A bond that results from a sharing of electrons between nuclei.
Electronegativity  -  A measure of the ability of an atom to attract electrons to itself.
Ion  -  A charged species created by the gain or loss of an electron from an atom or neutral molecule.
Ionic Bond  -  A bond that results from electrostatic attraction between oppositely charged ions. The cation is positively charged, while the anion is negatively charged.
Lattice  -  A regularly repeating three-dimensional array of atoms, molecules, or ions.