What is the common name for #Na_2SO_3#?

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Jun 8, 2017

Answer:

#Na_2SO_3# is #"sodium sulfite"#

Explanation:

We have #S(IV^+)# rather than the #S(VI^+)# observed for #"sulfuric acid"#, #H_2SO_4#. #H_2SO_3# is #"sulfurous acid"#, or the hydrate of #"sulfur dioxide"#, i.e. #O_2S*OH_2#. I think that solutions of this salt have a pleasant, pharmaceutical smell.