Chemistry: A Molecular Approach (3rd Edition)

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Chapter 11 - Sections 11.1-11.13 - Exercises - Cumulative Problems - Page 541: 131


Cesium chloride has the higher melting point because its coordination number is higher than that of silver iodide

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In cesium chloride, one anion forms bonds with 8 anions, and vice versa. But in silver iodide, one anion bonds with only 4 cations. So, since the coordination number in cesium chloride is higher, it has a higher melting point than silver iodide
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