Chemistry: The Central Science (13th Edition)

Published by Prentice Hall
ISBN 10: 0321910419
ISBN 13: 978-0-32191-041-7

Chapter 4 - Reactions in Aqueous Solution - Exercises - Page 158: 4.38e


Strong electrolyte

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Copper sulfate is an ionic compound, made up of Cu$_2$+ and SO$_4$ 2- ions held together by electrostatic forces. Because water is a polar molecule, it interferes with these electrostatic forces, hence 'breaking apart' the ionic bonds, which is why the CuSO$_4$ dissolves.
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