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explain why a hydrogen atom can become either an ion or a part of a molecule
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explain why a hydrogen atom can become either an ion or a part of a molecule
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aaronq
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Hydrogen atoms are made up from 1 proton and 1 electron. Hydrogen atoms lose their electron to become \(H^+\) cations, or, more rarely, gain an electron (and have a total of 2 electrons) to become hydride ions \(H^-\). Hydrogen atoms can also combine (in pairs) to form a covalent bond, each H atom puts up an electron to be shared with it's partner. |dw:1444611085929:dw|
callielovesyhuu
  • callielovesyhuu
The definition of a molecule is two or more atoms held together by a covalent bond. Hydrogen only has one proton. This means that it can pass that one proton onto another element, making it part of a molecule. It can become an ion if it loses that one proton, or gains another proton. n ion is an atom that has gained or lost one or more electrons. The definition of a molecule is two or more atoms held together by a covalent bond. Hydrogen only has one proton. This means that it can pass that one proton onto another element, making it part of a molecule. It can become an ion if it loses that one proton, or gains another proton.
aaronq
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"It can become an ion if it loses that one proton, or gains another proton." this is incorrect. Atoms can't exchange protons in chemical reactions to become ions - if an atom gains a proton, it actually changes the type of atom it is. For example if N somehow gained a proton, it would become an oxygen atom.

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