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Atomic Bonding Song
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Atomic Bonding Song

Why don't molecules just fall apart? Why do metals conduct electricity? And why doesn't salt kill us?

Investigate covalent, ionic, metallic, and hydrogen bonds to get the answers to those questions. You'll also discover why carbon is the basis of life and more.

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Bonding Basics

Bonding Basics

Atoms are "happy" when they have the right number of electrons in their outer electron shells, according to this site. So, forming covalent or ionic bonds makes atoms very happy indeed. More...

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Chem4Kids.com
Ionic Bonding Interactive

Ionic Bonding Interactive

Anions are ions with a negative charge. Cations are ions with a positive charge. See if you can bond anions and cations to make all sorts of substances. More...

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Annenberg Foundation
What Happens When Stuff Dissolves?

What Happens When Stuff Dissolves?

Table salt and white sugar look very similar and disappear in water. But because one is an ionic compound and one is a molecular compound, they dissolve in very different ways. More...

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Tyler DeWitt
Atomic Bond Types Discernible in Single-Molecule Images

Atomic Bond Types Discernible in Single-Molecule Images

Discernible means able to be perceived, or made out. With advanced microscopes, scientists can now discern chemical bonds in molecules. More...

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BBC
Chemical Bonds Quiz

Chemical Bonds Quiz

Pencil marks and diamonds are made of the same stuff; it's chemical bonds that make them different. Test your knowledge of chemical bonds here. More...

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NOVA/PBS
Covalent Bonding Activity

Covalent Bonding Activity

When nonmetals form bonds with other nonmetals, it's all about sharing. The bonding atoms share electrons, filling their outer electron shells. More...

Interactive
BBC
How Atoms Bond: Ionic Bonds

How Atoms Bond: Ionic Bonds

Click on the video called "How Atoms Bond: Ionic Bonds" for a crystal clear introduction to chemical bonds, especially ionic bonds. More...

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NBC
Hydrogen Bonding

Hydrogen Bonding

The first 4 interactive sections here offer a lot of info on hydrogen bonds. A key point: such bonds form between molecules, not within molecules. More...

Interactive
University of Nottingham
Ionic vs. Molecular

Ionic vs. Molecular

Some compounds have ionic bonds. Some have molecular, or covalent, bonds. And different bonds make for very different compounds, as this video explains. More...

Video
Tyler DeWitt
Metallic Bonding

Metallic Bonding

Why are metals so good at conducting heat and electricity? Because of the way their atoms bond. More...

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Bozeman Science

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