Net Ionic Reactions - Represents all solution phase...

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Net Ionic Reactions Solution Reactions Chemical reactions in solution can be written in three different forms: Molecular Equation Gives the overall reaction stoichiometry but not necessarily the actual form of the  reactants and products in solution. For example, when you mix HCl with aqueous NaOH,  a reaction occurs that forms water and the salt NaCl. HCl (aq)  + NaOH (aq)    H 2 O (aq)  + NaCl (aq) This is a molecular equation. It doesn't give a clear picture of what actually occurs in  solution. Each reactant and product, HCl (aq) , NaOH (aq) , H 2 O (aq) , and NaCl (aq) , actually exist  in solution split into their respective cations and anions. Complete Ionic Equation
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Unformatted text preview: Represents all solution phase reactants and products that are strong electrolytes as ions. H + (aq) + Cl-(aq) + Na + (aq) + OH-(aq) H 2 O (aq) + Na + (aq) + Cl-(aq) This is a more accurate representation of what actually exists in the solution than the molecular equation shown above. In a complete ionic equation all substances that are strong electrolytes are represented as ions. From the complete ionic equation we see that Na + and Cl- ions don't really participate in the reaction. They are examples of what we call spectator ions : Ions that appear on both sides of the equation....
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