February 22, 2017

Homework Help: chem

Posted by Fidelia on Thursday, February 1, 2007 at 6:14pm.

Are aspirin, starch and dextrose covalent or ionic?

Do aspirin and or epsom salt conduct electricity?

Any help with these questions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

I have been told by more than one person that aspirin often is sold as the sodium salt; however, aspirin listed in my copy of The Merck Index lists aspirin as acetyl salicylic acid. If it's the sodium salt it will conduct electricity very well; if it is the acid it should conduct electicity somewhat but not as well as epsom salt.

Aspirin, starch, and dextrose are covalent. Aspirin as the sodium salt is ionic for the salt and covalent for the remainder of the molecule.


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