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Published on Apr 30, 2013
The properties of Ionic Compounds are directly related to their structure. The strong electrostatic attraction being cations and anions makes the compounds solid and hard with high melting points. When a force is applied, the like-charges align and repel each other and this causes ionic compounds to be brittle. Ionic solids are unable to conduct electricity because the ions are in fixed positions; however, as a liquid or in solution, the ions are free to move and conduct electricity.