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Salt (Sodium Chloride)

Why do ionic compounds include at least one metal?


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April 22, 2017 1:00AM

Ionic compounds do not require the presence of a metal, for example ammonium chloride is ionic and does not contain a metallic element. What is true is that the majority of ionic compounds involve at least one metal.

Most ionic compound include a metal because metals readily form positive ions while nonmetals do not, with the exception of some polyatomic ions.