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    hey everyone i was wondering if anyone could tell me what happens when an ionic solid becomes a gaz (e.g.: Evaporation of Sodium chloride)

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    Nothing 'happens.' It just becomes a gas.

    But then you say 'evaporation'...do you want to know what happens when a sodium chloride solution evaporates? If not, I think you may mean 'heat of vaporization.'


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    So the solid doesn't lose the electric charge or anything.
    And yes i meant heat of vaporization.

    Thanks for the answer
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    I believe a sodium chloride gas would just be a bunch of sodium and chloride ions floating around. So you'll still have the same ions and everything, it's just that (roughly) enough energy has been pumped into the sodium chloride so that the electrostatic bonds bonds between ions are overcome and they break apart, leading to the free ions in a gaseous form.
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    Just what i was looking for.
    Great answer thanks
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