What products are obtained when potassium carbonate is treated with nitric acid?

1 Answer
Mar 20, 2016

Aqueous potassium nitrate and gaseous carbon dioxide and water.


We can represent the reaction by an equation:

#K_2CO_3(aq) + 2HNO_3(aq) rarr 2KNO_3(aq) + CO_2(g)uarr + H_2O(l)#

Because the potassium and nitrate salts remain in solution and are along for the ride, we can write the net ionic equation;

#CO_3^(2-) + 2H^(+) rarr CO_2(g)uarr + H_2O(l)#