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Why does MgO have a higher melting point than CaS? They are both ionic compounds with the same charges, but CaS is heavier so shouldn't it have a higher melting point?

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    The charge of a large ion is less concentrated because of its larger radius and surface area. That makes the attraction between Ca^2+ and S^2- ions weaker than the attraction between the smaller Mg^2+ and O^2- ions.

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