Structure Of Ionic Compounds

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Giant Ionic Lattices

  • Each ion attracts oppositely charged ions from all directions; each ion is surrounded by oppositely charged ions.
  • This means that they attract ions to each other to form a GIANT IONIC LATTICE

(http://www.chemhume.co.uk/ASCHEM/Unit%201/Ch3IMF/Images%203/sodium_chloride_lattice.jpg)

From this NaCl structure, you can see that:

  • Each Na+ ion is surrounded by 6 Clions. 
  • Each Cl- ion is surrounded by 6 Na+ ions.

Properties of Ionic Compounds

High Melting and Bioling Points: 

Ionic Compounds are solid at room temperature, this is because the energy required to…

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