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Chemistry: Why am I Charged?

by Texas Instruments - Simulation Lesson


  • Students will transfer electrons from a metal to a nonmetal
  • Students will relate this transfer to the formation of positive and negative ions.
  • Student will learn how to write formulas for ionic compounds.


  • anion
  • atom
  • cation
  • electron
  • ion
  • ionic compound
  • metal
  • nonmetal
  • octet
  • redox reaction
  • salt

About the Lesson

This simulation gives a macroscopic view of what occurs microscopically when a metal and a nonmetal react.
As a result, students will:

  • Better understand how ions are formed.
  • Be able to write formulas for ionic compounds.

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