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Which statement best describes what must occur for two atoms to combine to form a chemical bond?

A. The electrons of one nucleus must transfer to the nucleus of the second atom for a chemical bond to form.
B. The repulsive forces of both nuclei must overcome their attractive forces for a chemical bond to form.
C. Two atoms will always form chemical bonds if they are placed in close proximity to each other.
D. The attractive forces of both nuclei must overcome their repulsive forces for a chemical bond to form.

I am pretty sure that the answer is either b or d but I don't know which one to choose.

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  1. I'm pretty sure it can't be b since if the repulsive forces overcome any attractive forces they will NEVER get together.
    I would go with d although I don't like that answer to describe how bonds are formed. The D answer focuses on the nucleus and omits any reference to the role of the electrons.

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  2. The answer is D

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