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explain why a hydrogen atom can become either an ion or a part of a molecule.

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    It can be an Ion because it is small with a low electronegativity (it gets bullied and loses its lone electron). An ion is defined as a particle that's lost or gained an electron, in this case Hydrogen will be losing an electron making it H+ It also really wants to be part of a molecule because it has a single valence electron, but it wants 2 to fill up it's shell! To do this it can combine with, as an example, Oxygen making H2O. Hope that helps!

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