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Posted by on Thursday, December 25, 2008 at 12:42am.

Ions are electrically charged particles that are formed when certain compounds are dissolved in water. These solutions will conduct electricity. The Swedish scientist Svante Arrhenius coined the term ion (which means wanderer) to explain why solutions of electrolytes will conduct an electric current. When an electrolyte forms into a solution, it dissolves or dissociates into ions, a process called ionization. If a substance does not ionize, it will not conduct an electric current. Electrolytes include most acids, bases, and salts. Some conductors include hydrogen and sodium chloride, copper sulfate, and potassium nitrate. Substances that are not electrolytes include distilled water, sugar water, and most organic compounds. Which of the following is a nonelectrolyte?

  • Science - , Thursday, December 25, 2008 at 12:59am

    You didn't list any choices.

  • Science - , Thursday, December 25, 2008 at 1:14am

    Some of your statements apply to solutions but are not true in general. Ions do not have to be dissolved in water. They can also exist in gaseous form. Metals conduct electricity without being ionized,

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