Methane is a compound with the chemical formula CH4. Methane is a key component in natural gas and is also one of the most potent greenhouse gases.
Most of the sun's rays reflect off the surface of the planet and return to space. Methane, like all greenhouse gases, absorbs the sunlight and keeps the energy or heat from the sun's rays in the Earth's atmosphere. Methane is added to the atmosphere from natural processes such as livestock. Animals' guts produce methane in the digestion process. Methane is also the key component of natural gas and is released into the atmosphere during production, storage and transportation of natural gas.Learn More
The atoms involved in ionic bonding are held together by an electrostatic force of attraction between a positive and a negative ion. Ionic bonds are only formed between metals and non-metals.Full Answer >
Alkanes have no double or triple bonds, alkenes have one or more double bonds and alkynes have one or more triple bonds. Alkanes, alkenes and alkynes are all types of hydrocarbons.Full Answer >
An atom of boron has three valence electrons. The valence electrons of boron occupy the second orbit around the nucleus of the boron atom. Thus, the boron atom has an electronic configuration of [He] 2s2 2p1.Full Answer >
The element phosphorus has five valence electrons. Valence electrons refer to the amount of electrons in the outer shell of an atom. If an orbital is not full of atoms, it is likely to try to fill or deplete it in order to become more stable.Full Answer >