What is the molecularity of magnesium oxide; would you expect its melting point to be high?

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Dec 10, 2015

Answer:

Magenesium oxide is non-molecular, and held together by strong electrostatic bonds between ions with more than a unit charge.

Explanation:

#Mg^(2+)# and #O^(2-)# are held together in a non-molecular, infinite array, and bound by strong electrostatic forces that operate between oppositely charged ions across the lattice. The melting point of this species would be exceptionally high.