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Homework Help: Chemistry

Posted by Jake on Saturday, May 1, 2010 at 9:42pm.

The forces holding together an ionic solid are much stronger than the forces between particles in a molecular solid. How are these strong forces reflected in the properties of an ionic solid?

a) strong hydrogen bonding exists between discrete molecules
b) strong dipole-dipole forces exist between oppositely charged ions
c) strong hydrogen bonding exists between atoms
d) strong electrostatic forces exist between discrete molecules
e) strong electrostatic forces exist between oppositely charged ions

I chose B because it makes the most sense. Ionic solids are not made of discrete molecules, molecular solids are. It was a toss up between B and E, but I'm not sure what "electrostatic" forces are and if they're different than dipole-dipole.

Thanks!

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