• anonymous
How could/would determine whether a substance is ionic or not?
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  • Xishem
Generally, an ionic compound is a compound consisting of a positively-charged metal cation bonded to a negatively-charged nonmetal anion or polyatomic ion.
  • anonymous
An ionic compound usually contains a metal-cation (looses valence electrons to become positive) and a non-metal(anion gains electrons to have complete outer shell- goal of 8 electrons). An exception is polyatomic ions like carbonate(CO3), which has a negative two charge. With polyatomic ions the elements that make up the ion are bonded covalently, the ion as whole bonds as an ion.
  • anonymous
Yeah but all those are answers to "what an ion is" Determining if a substance is ionic can be done be for example making a solution with water and testing its conductivity (subtract the conudctivity of your plain water first).

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