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How is It that Ionic Compounds in the Solid State Do Not Conduct Electricity but They Do So When in Molten State? - Science

 How is it that ionic compounds in the solid state do not conduct electricity but they do so when in molten state?

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Solution

The ionic compounds in solid state are bonded with strong intermolecular forces and are not free to move. Therefore, they cannot conduct electricity. However, when this salt melts, its constituent ions are separated from each other and become free to move across the melted salt that can conduct electricity.

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Lakhmir Singh Class 10 Chemistry (Science)
Chapter 3 Metals and Non-metals
Q 44.7 | Page 169
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