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Why do ionic compounds have high melting points?


  • Ionic compounds are closely packed structures made up of ions of opposite charges (cations and anions).
  • The large amounts of intermolecular force of attraction lead to strong ionic bonds.
  • A large amount of energy is needed to overcome these forces .
  • That is why the melting point of ionic compounds is very high.

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