For the First Time, See What the Most Basic Chemistry Actually Looks Like
It’s one of the most basic things you learned in chemistry class: the chemical bond. Ionic and covalent bonds, sharing or stealing one, two, three pairs of electrons. You’d draw a little line, Na—Cl. There, salt. The chlorine atom steals an electron from sodium, and the atoms are bound together. As you went on in science you learned about fancier bond types (remember hydrogen bonding?) and the infamous benzene ring, with its ever-rotating double covalent bonds.
That staple of your high school education? There it is, right there, in the picture above.