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Question 3a)

Please show step by step in a simple way how they got PBCOsub3 + NANOsub3.
Then why is Nosub3 not split up like Pb(charge 2+)?
Why is PBCOsub3 not split up?


The chemical reaction is as such...

Pb(NO3)2 (aq) + Na2CO3 (aq) → PbCO3 (s) + 2 NaNO3 (aq)

This reaction can be thought of as mixing two containers with different chemicals dissolved in water
Container 1: has Pb(NO3) dissolved in water. That means there are Pb2+ ions and NO3- ions in the water.
The NO3- is not split apart because the N is covalently bonded (very strong chemical bond) to all 3 of the oxygens. This is called a molecular ion and typically molecular ions are stable in water and do not change.
Container 2: has Na2CO3 dissolved in water. There are Na+ ions and CO32- ions in the water.
The CO3- is not "split up" for the same reasons NO3- is not split up. (see above)

Another way to write the chemical reaction would be....

Pb2+ (aq) + 2 NO3- (aq) + 2 Na+ (aq) + CO32- ...

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