What is the difference between an ionic compound and a molecular compound?

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asked Feb 7, 2012 in General Chemistry by Kist Nus ~Expert~ (641 points)

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Here are the characteristics of each:

A molecular compounds have atoms that share electrons, with low melting points, and do not easily dissolve in water and occurs only between two nonmetals.

An ionic compounds are composed of a negatively charged atoms and positively charged atoms, have high melting points, they easily dissolve in water and occur between a nonmetal and a metal.  (*so remember metals = ionic)
answered Feb 9, 2012 by pokemonmaster ~Expert~ (3,856 points)

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