• Compounds that form from two or more nonmetallic elements, such as carbon and hydrogen, are called covalent compounds.
  • atoms of the different elements are held together in molecules by covalENT bonds.
  • Covalent bonds are responsible for many of the properties of the compounds.
  • Because valence electrons are shared in covalents, they have very different properties than ionic compounds.
  • Many covalant compounds, especially those containing carbon and Hydrogen, burn easily.
  • In contrast, many ionic compound do not burn.
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