The force of attraction between atoms that causes them to form and maintain certain combinations.
How Are Newly Discovered Chemical Elements Named?Unlike common elements, newer elements are synthesized in a lab; they are not observed in nature. They are very unstable and quickly dissolve into other elements. So how do scientists name them?
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