To write the complete ionic equation:
- Start with a balanced molecular equation.
- Break all soluble strong electrolytes (compounds with (aq) beside them) into their ions
- indicate the correct formula and charge of each ion
indicate the correct number of each ion
write (aq) after each ion
- Bring down all compounds with (s), (l), or (g) unchanged.
The molecular equation is
#"AgNO"_text(3(aq]) + "HCl"_text((aq]) -> "AgCl"_text((s]) + "HNO"_text(3(aq])#
How did I get this equation? Consider each reactant or product separately:
The net ionic equation is