Ionic & Covalent Solutes: Definition & Difference


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Which of the following solutes would be a strong electrolyte in water?

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1. What is the difference between an ionic solute and a covalent solute?

2. Sulfuric acid, H2 SO4, is added to water. Wires are attached to a battery and light bulb. The free ends of the wires are placed into the acid solution, causing the light bulb to glow brightly. Why does this happen?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The quiz/worksheet combo lets you check your understanding of ionic and covalent solutes. You need to know how these solutes differ and understand how weak electrolytes work.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You'll be tested on the following topics:

  • How weak electrolytes dissolve
  • Difference between an ionic solute and a covalent solute
  • Solute that would be a strong electrolyte in water
  • Characteristics of sulfuric acid

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important details from the lesson on ionic and covalent solutes
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast main topics, such as covalent solutes and ionic solutes
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained about how weak electrolytes dissolve

Additional Learning

You can review more if you use the lesson called Ionic & Covalent Solutes: Definition & Difference. Use this lesson to:

  • Review attributes of covalent solutes
  • Identify examples of an electrolyte
  • Name different types of ionic solutes