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Which of the following pairs of elements is most likely to form an ionic compound? (1 point) magnesium and fluorine nitrogen and sulfur oxygen and chlorine sodium and aluminum

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  1. hba
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    Any guesses ?

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    @kymy_rose00

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    a

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    Why do you say its a ?

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    @kymy_rose00 Respond.

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    because

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    because ................

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    is it right?

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    Did you just pick one without thinking ?

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    yes

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    Nitrogen and sulfur , Oxygen and chlorine are nonmetals. Sodium and aluminum are both metals.

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    That is the reason they all cannot form an ionic bond.Where as magnesium and fluorine are the only pair which will form a ionic bond.The will form magnesium floride (MgF2),so your guess was right.

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    Understood ?

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    @kymy_rose00 ?

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    as @hba says....i am also satisfied .... a. magnesium and fluorine are most likely to form an ionic compound. They will form magnesium fluoride. I guess it's not even a question of whether or not they're "more likely." The other pairs of element simply CAN'T form ionic compounds. Remember, an ionic compound forms between a metal and a nonmetal. Nitrogen and sulfur are both nonmetals. Oxygen and chlorine are both nonmetals. Sodium and aluminum are both metals. So, they absolutely cannot form ionic compounds.

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    ok @hba and @kymy_rose00

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    Using yahoo answers huh ?

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    yaa

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    for convinent information

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    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20071217164844AAJnuk7

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    sorry for attachement...

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    Magnesium and chlorine are the most likely pair of elements that would form an ionic bond and hence an ionic compound. This is due to the fact that Magnesium is an electropositive element - a metal - and chlorine is an electronegative element - a non metal. Metals are donors of electrons whereas non metals are acceptors of electrons. The 2 electrons given out by one magnesium atom (sine its valency is 2) are accepted by two chlorine atoms (because each chlorine atom has a valency of 1) and consequently magnesium forms positively charged ions and chlorine forms negatively charged ions. The two combine together due to the formation of ions. Thus, the bond formed between magnesium and chlorine will be ionic in nature. Why not nitrogen and sulfur : Because they are both non metals. Why not oxygen and chlorine : Because they are both non metals. Why not sodium and aluminum : Because they are both metals. And because ionic bonds are only formed between a metal and a non metal. http://www.webanswers.com/science/6-which-of-the-following-pairs-of-elements-is-most-likely-to-form-an-ionic-compound-b6ef8a

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    a very nice and understanding answer...

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