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Divalent

In chemistry, a divalent (sometimes bivalent[1]) element, ion, functional group or molecule has a valence of two. Valency is the number of chemical bonds formed, which may be covalent, polar covalent or ionic.

Examples:

Divalent elements include calcium and sulfur. While the bonds formed by calcium are ionic; sulfur can form covalent bonds as in H2S or ionic bonds as in Na2S.
Divalent anions have a charge of -2, for example S2− and SO42−.
Divalent cations have a charge of +2, for example Fe2+ , Ca2+ and Hg22+.
Divalent functional groups include the imino, =NH, and carbonyl, =O.


Water Hardness

The divalent cations Ca2+ and Mg2+ contribute to the properties of water which cause it to be hard, such as the formation of limescale.[2]

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References

  1. ^ Explanation on numerical prefixes
  2. ^ World Health Organization Hardness in Drinking-Water, 2003
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