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Will gaseous ionic compounds be free moving ions?

  1. Nov 7, 2012 #1
    I knew while learning about electrolysis that if the ionic compound is molten it becomes free moving ions. If that is the case, what will happen if I continued heating till it reaches the boiling point so that the ionic compound evaporates?

    Will it still be free moving ions?
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  3. Nov 7, 2012 #2


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    Most ions will recombine creating neutral molecules (like gaseous NaCl).
  4. Nov 7, 2012 #3
    then why molten ionic compounds contain free moving ions?
  5. Nov 7, 2012 #4


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    I think you could hasard an explanation yourself first, develop your physical imagination!
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