Q. 44 E4.8( 8 Votes )

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

Answer :

The ionic compounds in the solid state do not conduct electricity but they do so when in molten state because, in the solid ionic compound the ions are held together in fixed positions by strong electrostatic forces and cannot move freely. However, when we dissolve the ionic solid in water or melt it, the crystal structure is broken down and ions become free to move and conduct electricity. Thus, an aqueous solution of an ionic compound conducts electricity because there are plenty of free ions in the solution which are able to conduct electric current.

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