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Solution: Which of the following diagrams most likely represents an ionic compound, and which represents a molecular one?

Problem

Which of the following diagrams most likely represents an ionic compound, and which represents a molecular one?

(i) Alternating rows of differently colored stationary spheres. (ii) Compounds consisting of two differently colored bonded spheres in motion.

Solution

We are asked which of the following compounds represents an ionic and which a molecular compound.


Ionic compounds are chemical compounds composed of ions held together by electrostatic forces called ionic bonds. 

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