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Net Ionic Equation of Sodium Hydroxide and Hydrochloric Acid

The solution involve the chemical reaction between sodium hydroxide (NaOH) and hydrochloric acid (HCl) followed by an ionic equation then a net ionic equation. The concept of spectator ions in addressed. The question to be answered is found below.

1. For the reaction between sodium hydroxide and hydrochloric acid
a. Write the complete reaction
b. Write the ionic reaction
c. What are the spectator ions?

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a. Sodium hydroxide (NaOH) is a base, whereas hydrochlolic acid (HCl) is an acid. The reaction between an acid and a
base leads to neutralization with the formation of a salt and water as shown below:
NaOH (aq) + HCl (aq) = > NaCl (aq) + H2O (l)

NaCl is the salt also known as common salt, H2O is water.

b. In order to write the net ionic equation, the ...

Solution Summary

The reaction between sodium hydrocide and hydrochloric acid,a strong acid and a strong base, leads to neutralization with the net ionic equation being the formation of water from a hydronium ion and a hydroxide ion

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