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WHY ARE COVALENT COMPOUNDS POOR CONDUCTORS?

WHY ARE COVALENT COMPOUNDS POOR CONDUCTORS?
 

Grade:11

2 Answers

Ramreddy IIT Patna
askIITians Faculty 49 Points
6 years ago
COVALENT COMPOUNDS POOR CONDUCTORS because they do not contain any ions in solution state. The conductivity is due presence of ions in solution/ molten state. But covelent compounds do not dissociate into ions, so they behave as poor conductors of electricity.
Nikhil Gaddam
37 Points
6 years ago
Covalent(AKA molecular) bonds are between two or more non-metals (which are poor conductors), where the valence electron shells of all the substances involved are filled completely, and thus, don't form ions. 
Whereas, Ionic bonds between metals and non-metals, form ions (which are the source of conductivity).

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