What is the difference between hydrogen chloride and potassium chloride?

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Aug 6, 2017

Answer:

Well, the one, hydrogen chloride is molecular..............

Explanation:

And t'other, potassium chloride, is non-molecular, and ionic........

Of course hydrogen chloride is polar, i.e. #stackrel(delta+)H-stackrel(delta-)Cl#, and of course in aqueous solution it ionizes to give stoichiometric #H_3O^+# and #Cl^-# ions. However, hydrogen chloride is a covalent molecule to a first approximation, and in fact it is supplied in metal cylinders as a gas.

Potassium chloride is a non-molecular, ionic salt composed of infinite arrays of potassium and chloride ions bound together by strong electrostatic forces.