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Chemical Principles 8th Edition

Chemical Principles (8th Edition)

Book Edition8th Edition
Author(s)DeCoste, Zumdahl
PublisherCengage Learning
Section 4.5: Precipitation Reactions
Critical Thinking
Section 4.8: Stoichiometry of Precipitation Reactions
Critical Thinking
Section 4.10: Oxidation-Reduction Reactions
Critical Thinking
End of Chapter
Marathon Problem
Chapter 4, Section 4.5, Critical Thinking, Exercise 01
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What if no ionic solids were soluble in water? Could reactions occur in aqueous solutions?


Solubility is the amount of solute dissolves in a solvent. When metals and non-metals react with each other, it results in the formation of ionic compounds. Metals have the tendency to lose electrons and non-metals have the tendency to gain electrons. Hence, ionic compounds are the formed by the interchange of electrons.

Verified Answer

If ionic solids are not soluble in water then it is difficult to undergo reaction with ionic solids as concentration of ion is low and chances of ion meeting each other is very low.  In the case of the insolubility of ionic compounds in the water, the reaction would not happen as no interchange of ions would happen.

Ionic compounds, when dissolve in water, results in the formation of ions. There, interchange of ions takes place, which results in product formation. 

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