Covalent Bonding Comic by Arshan Rafid

Covalent Bonding Comic by Arshan Rafid

Storyboard Text

  • F
  • Help! I need a metal that can transfer electrons to me so I can become stable!
  • ... I'm a non-metal, but we can both fill our valence shells (become stable) by sharing electrons in a covalent bond!
  • H
  • F
  • Covalent bond? How does that work?
  • We just both need to share one of our electrons with each other! Like this:
  • H
  • F⁻
  • Hey! I'm feeling stable now! But why are you so weak?
  • Yeah... Your electronegativity is higher, so you're pulling the electrons towards you more.
  • H⁺
  • F⁻
  • Electronegativity... what's that?
  • Electronegativity is an atom's ability to attract electrons... since you have more protons, you have more electronegativity. Since the electrons are unequally shared between us, we are a polar covalent bond
  • H⁺
  • F⁻
  • Let's rearrange and rename ourselves! My group number is lower than yours, so I'll be first, and you'll need a prefix. There's 1 of you, so it would be mono. Also, change the end of your name to ide.
  • The electrons being closer to you is also why you have a slightly more negative charge and I have a slightly more positive one
  • H⁺
  • H⁺
  • *Note: HF can also be called Hydrogen Fluoride, as Hydrogen can only make one covalent bond, so it's implied that there is only one of the other element.
  • Perfect! Now together we are Hydrogen Monofluoride! I would need a prefix if there wasn't just one of me, but I come first so I don't have to!
  • Wooohooo!
  • F⁻
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