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Explain, in terms of structure and bonding, why the melting point of sodium fluoride is high.
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Explain, in terms of structure and bonding, why the melting point of sodium fluoride is high.
It's an ionic compound, so the oppositely charged ions are strongly bonded together, and more energy is required to break the strong bonds.
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Explain, in terms of structure and bonding, why the melting point of sodium fluoride is high.
It is an ionic compound and as such they are structured to an ionic crystal. The ions have an opposite charge to each other what explains the strong bond of this crystalline structure. And that means in turn that high (thermal) energy is required and thus high temperatures to melt this fluoride.
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