# Question #4fed1

Apr 3, 2014

Synthesis and Decomposition are inverse reactions.

To synthesize means to bring together to build.
To decompose means to break apart to destruct.

An example of a synthesis reaction would be the formation of ammonia.

This takes place in a basic reaction of

$A + B \to A B$

${N}_{2} + 3 {H}_{2} \to 2 N {H}_{3}$

An example of decomposition would be the breakdown of potassium
chlorate.

This takes place in a basic reaction of

$A B \to A + B$

$2 K C l {O}_{3} \to 2 K C l + 3 {O}_{2}$