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Flashcards in ionic compounds Deck (4)
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1
Q

what is an ion?

A

when an atom has a positive or negative charge, from when it loses or gains electrons to obtain a full outer shell

2
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what are the charges on all metals?

A

they are always POSITIVE because the always lose electrons

3
Q

what are the charges on all non metal ions?

A

they are always NEGATIVE because the always gain electrons

4
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what is ionic bonding?

A

held together by electrostatic forces of attraction between oppositely charged ions