# Question 5bc49

Jun 18, 2015

An electrolyte is a substance that ionizes when dissolved in suitable ionizing solvents such as water.

#### Explanation:

An electrolyte is a substance that ionizes when dissolved in suitable ionizing solvents such as water.

For example, when table salt (sodium chloride), NaCl, is dissolved in water, the salt (a solid) dissolves and breaks into its component ions, according to the dissociation reaction

NaCl(s) → $N {a}^{+}$ (aq) + Cl^−#(aq)

The solution of salt in water has free positive and negative ions. These Ions conduct electricity.