Using electron-dot diagrams which show only the outermost shell electrons, show how a molecule of nitrogen, N2, is formed from two nitrogen atoms. What name is given to this type of bonding?

As nitrogen has 5 electrons in its outermost shell so in order to fulfill its octet, it needs 3 more electrons. Therefore, it shares its 3 electrons with another nitrogen atom to form a molecule of nitrogen gas.

This type of bonding where the sharing of electrons takes place is called covalent bonding.


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Updated on: 10-Oct-2022


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