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Q: Magnesium has 2 valence electrons, and oxygen has 6 valence electrons. Which type of bonding is likely to occur between a magnesium atom and an oxygen atom Select one of the options below as your
answer: A. Ionic—Magnesium will give 2 electrons to oxygen, and both will become ions. B. Ionic—Oxygen will give 2 electrons to magnesium, and both will become ions. C. Metallic—Oxygen and magnesium atoms will be surrounded by a pool of electrons.
A: In bonding with another element, magnesium has an oxidation number of +2. It gives away 2 electrons when it bonds. It will most easily bond with an element that accepts 2 electrons. [ With an oxidation number of -2 that is oxygen, which contains 6 electrons in its valence shell. The correct answer is C. ]
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