Ionic compounds dissolve in water because the hydrogen and oxygen atoms in the H2O molecules have partial charges that attract the ions in the solid compound, causing it to dissociate into separated ions. Differences in ... More »

Most ionic compounds are soluble in water because the electrostatic forces of the polar water molecules are stronger than the electrostatic forces keeping the ions together. There are several exceptions, however, where t... More »

The polarity or ionic property of a compound determines its ability to dissolve in water. Water is a polar molecule and transmits a partial positive and negative charge between its atoms, enabling it to easily dissolve o... More »

Ionic compounds are composed of ions in a hard yet brittle crystalline solid form. They have high melting and boiling points and they conduct electricity when melted to liquid-form. Most are soluble in water. Most ionic ... More »

Ionic compounds are formed by the electrostatic force of attraction between two oppositely charged ions, forming a neutral compound. Ions are formed when atoms either gain or lose electrons to obtain a stable electron co... More »

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Ionic compounds are brittle due to the strong bond between the positive and negative ions that make up the molecules. These positive and negative bonds create crystals in rigid, lattice structures. Applying pressure shif... More »

Ionic compounds are electrically neutral because the charges of the cations and anions that make up the compound cancel each other out. In the case of salt for example, sodium has a charge of positive one, and chloride h... More »