Question #98310

1 Answer
Jun 6, 2017

Answer:

It is neither.

Explanation:

This is an acid - base reaction.

The full equation is:

#sf((NH_4)_(2)^(+)SO_4^(2-)(aq)+2KOH(aq)rarr2NH_3(g)+2H_2O(l)+K_2SO_4(aq))#.

The ionic equation, omitting the spectator ions is:

#sf(NH_4^(+)(aq)+OH^(-)(aq)rarrNH_3(g)+H_2O(g))#

If you warm an ammonium salt with alkali the acidic ammonium ion transfers a proton to a hydroxide ion to give ammonia gas and water.