KCl has higher melting point than AgCl. Why?
[rAg+ ≈ rK+]
Pseudo noble gas cation
Its given that cation sizes are nearly same, The cations are K+ and Ag+.
K+= [Ar] while Ag+ = [Kr]4d10
By looking at the e− configurations, K+ has noble gas configuration and Ag+ has pseudo noble gas configuration beacuse of filled d-orbitals.
Such pseudo-noble gas configurations leads to more polarizing power beacuse of ineffective shielding of d-electrons.Thus Cl− is more polarized in case of AgCl.
Thus,Agcl is more covalent than KCI and hence has lesser melting point