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  • Hey. I am Sodium. I am a metal and I have, well,only 1 valence electron. Nice to meet you,....er?
  • Chlorine, I'm Chlorine. Pleasured to meet you, too. By the way, let me introduce myself. I am a nonmetal and have seven valence electrons. 
  • Hey, I have an idea. How about we form an ionic bond? Both of us will have a full shell of valence electrons then.
  • Well, I will consider the idea if you are going to tell me what an ionic bond is.
  • Yeah, sure. So an ionic bond is when a nonmetal and a metal bond. In this bond, one atom will gain electron and the other will lose their electrons.  So do you want to bond with me?
  • Ok. Why not? I am ready to bond. So who is going to gain and who is going to lose their valence electrons?
  • I am going to lose the one valence electron I have and give it to you. What you are going to do is to add the valence electron I gave you and keep it . Then both of us will have a full shell of valence electrons and we are going to be chemically stable as well.
  • Ok, that sounds like fun. I am on it.
  • After they were done bonding
  • Now I have a full valence electron shell. I am also positively charged , which is a cation.
  • Same here. But I am negatively charged but still, I have a full valence electron shell!
  • Two are always better than one . Especially in science. For example, in chemical bonding.
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