# What are the complete and the net ionic equations for the reaction between silver nitrate and sodium chloride?

Sep 17, 2017

Just to retire this question, I will have to put it into some sort of context.

#### Explanation:

We know that silver chloride is quite insoluble in aqueous solution, and when a soluble silver salt, say $A g N {O}_{3} \left(a q\right)$ is treated with $N a C l \left(a q\right)$, the silver ions and the chloride ions react to form a curdy white precipitate of $A g C l \left(s\right)$.

And we could represent by the equation....

$A g N {O}_{3} \left(a q\right) + N a C l \left(a q\right) \rightarrow A g C l \left(s\right) \downarrow + N a N {O}_{3} \left(a q\right)$

Now of course, the sodium and nitrate ions are along for the ride, and do not participate in the net ionic equation.... Because in this instance they are merely carriers.....we could write the net ionic equation....

$A {g}^{+} + C {l}^{-} \rightarrow A g C l \left(s\right) \downarrow$

The nitrate and sodium are still present, but they remain as their aquated ions.....