How does the conductivity of the ionic and the covalent compounds compare?

1 Answer

ionic compounds are conductive in a water solution.


In a water solution of ionic compounds, the ions go into solution.

NaCl dissolving

These ions can act as conductors of electricity.

Water itself is a covalent molecule. Distilled water has a very low conductivity.

An aqueous solution of covalent molecules like sugar does not conduct any better than distilled water.