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Chemistry - Chemical Formulae - Formula for Ionic Compounds

An ionic compound is generally formed when metal atoms give their outer electrons to non-metallic atoms in order to achieve a more stable electron configuration.

The metal atoms always give away electrons and form positive ions; the non-metallic atoms will accept electrons and form negative ions.

The formulae of the resulting compound represents the smallest possible repeating unit of that compound and is known as the empirical formula.

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