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Covalent Bonding and Molecules

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Covalent Bonding and Molecules

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You will get to learn the difference between elements and compounds. Then discover the different types of bonds that hold atoms together and the differences between them.

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Now You Know

After completing this tutorial, you will be able to complete the following:

  • Explain that the smallest building unit of a covalent bond is a molecule.
  • Indicate that the smallest building unit of a nonmetal element is a molecule.

Everything You'll Have Covered

How does an atom with too many electrons stabilize itself?

~ An atom with too many electrons stabilizes itself by joining with an atom that is in need of more electrons. The pair then performs an electron exchange, which results in the formation of an ionic bond.

What is a covalent bond?

~ A covalent bond is a chemical bond that is created as the result of the sharing of electrons.

What is the smallest building unit of a covalent bond?

~ The smallest building unit of a covalent bond is a molecule.

What are some examples of compound molecules created by the joining of atoms of different elements?

~ Some examples of compound molecules created by the joining of atoms of different elements include water, hydrogen fluoride, and carbon dioxide.

Tutorial Details

Approximate Time 2 Minutes
Pre-requisite Concepts Students should be able to define chemical bond, covalent bond, and bond.
Course Chemistry
Type of Tutorial Animation
Key Vocabulary chemical bond, covalent bond, bond