Why does a precipitate form when silver nitrate solution is added to sodium chloride solution?

1 Answer
May 21, 2017


Formation of a precipitate is due to the INSOLUBILITY of the salt.


And for your scenario:

#Ag^+ + Cl^(-) rarr AgCl(s)darr#

Silver chloride would precipitate as a curdy, white solid. Of course you would mix solutions of silver nitrate and sodium chloride to effect the so-called metathesis, namely soluble silver nitrate and sodium chloride.