Chemistry: Getting to Know Covalent Compounds

Getting to Know Covalent Compounds

Now that we know everything (well, almost everything) there is to know about ionic compounds, we're ready to broaden our horizons to other types of chemicals. It's time to spread our metaphorical wings and fly to the land of the covalent compound!

Okay, maybe that last paragraph was a little overdone. However, the idea is pretty much true. In this section, we're going to learn almost everything about covalent compounds—what they are, what their properties are, and how to name them.

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Excerpted from The Complete Idiot's Guide to Chemistry © 2003 by Ian Guch. All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. Used by arrangement with Alpha Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

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