Chemical Bonds of Nonmetals

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DanielleNario1A
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Chemical Bonds of Nonmetals

Postby DanielleNario1A » Sun Dec 02, 2018 4:01 pm

Since nonmetals rarely lose electrons in chemical reactions because their ionization energies are too high, can a nonmetal atom get enough electrons to complete its valence shell and form an anion? And does that mean that would it correspond with the configuration of the next noble gas?

anthony_trieu2L
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Re: Chemical Bonds of Nonmetals

Postby anthony_trieu2L » Sun Dec 02, 2018 4:20 pm

Nonmetals rarely lose electrons and therefore it is common for them to gain electrons and form anions, as their electronegativities are very high.

hazelyang2E
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Re: Chemical Bonds of Nonmetals

Postby hazelyang2E » Sun Dec 02, 2018 4:53 pm

Yes, because nonmetals have a higher electronegativity they are more likely to attract and gain electrons in order to achieve a full octet. For example, the halogens are more likely to gain 1 electron than to lose the 7 electrons that they already have. By gaining that 1 electron, they achieve the electron configuration of the noble gases.


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