posted by mysterychicken on .
What is the difference between an ionic bond and a covalent bond? I just keep forgetting which one is which...any easy way to remember these?
PS> I know that you're not supposed to repost until 24 hours but I really need this answer!
Would this answer work?:
In an ionic bond, the atoms are charged with two opposite ions but in a covalent bond, they are charged with the same type of ions.
Does that even make any sense?
No it doesn't make sense to me. The electrons are actually moved from one atom to another in an ionic bond. The electrons are shared in a covalent bond. You might try a mnemonic, something like MISEC (move ionic share electrons covalent. I'll bet you can think of a better one.
So the question is:
What is the difference between an ionic bond and a covalent bond?
My answer is:
In an ionic bond, the electrons are moved from one atom to another. In a covalent bond, the electrons are shared.
Is this OK? Thanks-MC