# Beautiful Sodium-Chloride crystal

Chemistry Level 1

Sodium chloride, also known as salt, common salt, table salt or halite, is an ionic compound with the formula $$\ce{NaCl}$$, representing equal proportions of sodium and chlorine. In chemistry, an ionic compound is a chemical compound in which ions are held together in a lattice structure by ionic bonds. In case of sodium chloride, the cation is $$\ce{Na+}$$ and the anion is $$\ce{Cl-}$$. In solid sodium chloride, how many $$\ce{Na+}$$ ions are surrounding one $$\ce{Cl-}$$ ion?

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