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

Mar 20, 2016

Aqueous potassium nitrate and gaseous carbon dioxide and water.

#### Explanation:

We can represent the reaction by an equation:

${K}_{2} C {O}_{3} \left(a q\right) + 2 H N {O}_{3} \left(a q\right) \rightarrow 2 K N {O}_{3} \left(a q\right) + C {O}_{2} \left(g\right) \uparrow + {H}_{2} O \left(l\right)$

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

$C {O}_{3}^{2 -} + 2 {H}^{+} \rightarrow C {O}_{2} \left(g\right) \uparrow + {H}_{2} O \left(l\right)$