Ionic and molecular compounds differ primarily in the way they are formed. Ionic compounds form through the transfer of electrons, while molecular compounds form as a result of electron sharing. More »

Aqueous solutions of ionic compounds are good conductors of electricity while solutions of molecular compounds are not. This is true because the individual ions in ionic compounds may completely dissociate in water with ... More »

Barium hydroxide is an ionic compound with the chemical formula Ba(OH)2. It forms an ionic bond because of the transfer of two electrons from the barium to two hydroxides. More »

Ionic compounds form when electrons transfer from one atom to another. Covalent compounds form when atoms share electrons, resulting in no net loss or gain of electrons as seen in ionic compounds. More »

To name ionic compounds, first find the cation and the anion. Next, name the ionic compound by writing the name of the cation followed by the name of the anion. More »

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The naming of ionic compounds requires correct identification of the cation and anion species present. In certain cases, the charge of the ion is important for accurate naming. 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 »