why does lithium chloride have to be melted before it can be electrolysised?

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please help, i have my c7 ocr exam tomorrow and this might come up as one off the questions for my ideas and context

Posted Thu 26th May, 2011 @ 13:10 by alice simpson

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Because in its solid state, it does not conduct electricity, due to electrons being not allowed to flow freely.

When it's in the molten/liquid state, electrons can move freely between particles, thus allowing it to conduct electricity.

It can now be electrolyzed. Understood? 

Answered Thu 26th May, 2011 @ 13:29 by Al
Edited by Al on Thu 26th May, 2011 @ 13:43