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18. How does bonding in a metal differ from that between atoms in the water molecule?

19. Why do carbon atoms neither attain a He-shell configuration by losing their four outer electrons, nor achieve a Ne configuration by gaining four more electrons? How are electrons in carbon usually involved in chemical bonding?

20. Why is lithium a softer metal than beryllium?

21. Why should electronegativity increase from Li to F? Why is Ne assigned no electronegativity?

22. How do electronegativities affect the nature of chemical bonds? What kind of bond would you expect between carbon and nitrogen? Between lithium and oxygen?

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