What is an ionic compound
An ionic compound is formed by electrostatic attraction between positively charged ions and negatively charged ions. Usually, positively charged ions called cations are metals and negatively charged ions called anions are non-metals.
The bond formed between cation and anion is an ionic bond and shows some special properties.
Properties of Ionic Compounds
Hard and brittle – In ionic compounds, cations and anions are held together by the strong force of attraction. So it is hard to break the ionic bond, making the compounds hard. But also they are brittle, break easily.
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Conductivity – Ionic compounds contain charged ions but usually don’t conduct electricity. Because for the conduction of electricity, the mobility of charged ions is required. In a molten state, ionic compounds conduct electricity.