why are covalent compounds generally poor counductors of electricity?

Asked by  | 13th Jun, 2008, 02:20: PM

Expert Answer:

Electricity is conducted in water from the movement of ions from one place to the other.  These ions are the charge carriers which allow water to conduct electricity.  Since there are no ions in a covalent compound, they don't conduct electricity in water

Answered by  | 14th Jun, 2008, 07:59: AM

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