Predict the reasons for low melting point for covalent compounds when compared with ionic compound
CBSE Class 10
Class 10 Science
2016-10-20 07:07:53 UTC
The melting point is low due to weak van der Waal’s forces of attractions between the covalent molecules.
The force of attraction between the molecules of a covalent compound is very weak.
Only a small amount of heat energy is required to break these weak molecular forces, due to which covalent compound have low melting points and low boiling points.
Please note that some of the covalent solids like diamond and graphite have, however very high melting points and boiling points.