What characteristics do solid ionic compounds share?

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Dec 30, 2015


Ionic substances are characterized by a close-packed array of oppositely charged ions in a crystalline lattice.


Given the ionic lattice, ionic compounds are non-molecular with no molecular boundaries. As a result of their non-molecularity, these substances have unusually high melting and boiling points. Depending on the strength of the ionic bond, they may have some solubility in polar solvents.