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Coordinate Covalent Bond

one atom provides a lone pair of electrons a covalent bond

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Lunch with Coordinate Covalent Bonds

Lunch with Coordinate Covalent Bonds

Remember that in coordinate covalent bonds only one atom provides both the electrons in a shared pair, whereas regular covalent bond is a force of attraction that holds together two atoms which share a pair of valence electrons. After this bond is formed, a coordinate covalent bond is no different from a covalent bond, and has the same strength and characteristics.

Imagine you're going to eat with your friends. Both of you decide to order one sandwich to split, but when you reach the cash register, your friend says he didn't bring any money. You reluctantly pay for entire meal, but still share it with him.

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The smile of a free lunch [Figure1]

Creative Applications

1. How is this an example of coordinate covalent bonding?

2. How would you change this example if you wanted it to represent covalent bonding? 

3. If you used the same example for covalent bonding, would the end product (getting the sandwich), be any different?

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