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Unformatted text preview: include the other atom (more or less). This determines the shape (bonding angles) of the molecule which forms. This collectively results in more stable orbitals for both atoms Covalent bonds form generally when a transfer of electrons would result in too great of a charge imbalance between the atom's positively charged nucleus and it's negatively charged electron field. Depending on the total number of electrons an atom has to share, an atom may covalently bond with one, or with several other atoms. Variations in covalent bonds Single covalent bond: The 2 atoms are sharing 1 electron pair...
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