Properties of Ionic Compounds

Properties of Ionic Compounds

Ionic compounds have a number of properties:

  1. Ions are arranged in a lattice structure

  2. Ionic solids are crystalline at room temperature

  3. The ionic bond is a strong electrostatic attraction. This means that ionic compounds are often hard and have high melting and boiling points

  4. Ionic compounds are brittle and bonds are broken along planes when the compound is put under pressure (stressed)

  5. Solid crystals do not conduct electricity, but ionic solutions do

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