What structures are formed when water molecules surrounds individual ions?

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May 22, 2018

Answer:

These are in effect coordination complexes....

Explanation:

Water is an exceptionally good solvent for aquating ions...

And so when an ionic salt reacts in solution to give such ions we write….

#MX(s) rarr underbrace(M^+ + X^-)_"i.e. the aquated ions"#

And so when we write #NaCl(aq)#, we probably mean or assume #[Na(OH_2)_6]^+#..a sodium ion solvated by several water molecules...and the chloride ion probably interacts with the other end of the water dipole....

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