The steps for naming a binary ionic compound include identifying the different ions, listing them in the appropriate order and altering the suffix of the second element. A binary ionic compound is a compound that include... More »

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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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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 »

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 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 »

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 »

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 »