GCSE Chemistry: Properties of Ionic Compounds

5th April 2017

GCSE Chemistry - revising for your examination

Properties of Ionic Compounds - GCSE Science made easy


Learning all that you need to know for your GCSE examinations can be a challenge. To help make this easier we have created revision songs which will make learning enjoyable and easy. So why not take a listen to our song on the Properties of Ionic Compounds, have a look at the video and then have a read of these notes. Finally, take the multiple choice quiz at the end to see how much you have understood.

So, what is an ionic compound?

An ionic compound is formed when a non-metal reacts with a metal.

For an ionic compound to be produced, ionic bonding needs to take place. This is the process whereby, during a metals reaction with a non-metal, electrons in the outer shell of the metal are transferred. The atoms lose electrons and become positively charged ions. (Remember! An ion is a charged atom or molecule!) The transfer of electrons are often represented by dot and cross diagrams, and it is important that you feel confident drawing these so that you can ace your GCSE Exam.

An ionic compound is therefore: a giant structure of ions held together by electrostatic forces of attraction between oppositely charged ions.

An example of an ionic compound is sodium chloride (this is actually table salt!) and the compound results from the binding of sodium and chlorine atoms.

Now that you know the basics of ionic compounds, why don’t you take a look at some of our other GCSE revision songs - it will make revising chemistry a lot easier!


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