What are the chemical and physical properties of common salt?

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Dec 27, 2016

Of common salt, the stuff you put on your fish and chips?


#"Sodium chloride"# is a non-molecular, ionic solid composed of an infinite array of #Na^+# and #Cl^-# ions. As an ionic solid it has a high melting point of #801# #""^@C#, and a boiling point so high as to be almost unmeasurable. It has some solubility in strongly polar solvents such as #OH_2# that are capable of solvating the component #Na^+#, and #Cl^-# ions, and next to no solubility in less polar solvents.

Jun 14, 2017

See below :


  • Some salts are salty whereas others are bitter and tasteless
  • Most of the salts are neutral to indicators.
  • Some salts like salts of potassium, sodium, calcium etc. are colorless whereas the salts of copper, nickel, cobalt etc. possess color.
  • Most of the salts are soluble in water. Some salts of lead and barium are insoluble in water.
  • The solution of salt can conduct electricity.
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