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How is an ionic substance formed?

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username919191 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Honors

Posted November 15, 2010 at 4:23 PM via web

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How is an ionic substance formed?

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biotech8441 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 17, 2010 at 3:25 PM (Answer #1)

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Ionic compounds are formed as the result of the formation of positive and negative ions.

The atom which forms a positive ion loses electrons to the atom which gains electrons to form a negative ion. A compound is not stable unless the number of electrons which are lost and gained are equal .So opposite charge attract each other and this is the force which make them to stay together.

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