How does zinc metal react with hydrochloric acid?

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Jun 28, 2017

Answer:

Zinc metal is oxidized, and hydrogen ion is reduced.........

Explanation:

#Zn(s) + 2HCl(aq) rarr ZnCl_2(aq) + H_2(g)uarr#

When we write #HCl(aq)# or #ZnCl_2(aq)# we mean the aquated ions in solution, i.e. probably #H_3O^+# and #[Zn(OH_2)_6]^(2+)#. When we write #Zn^(2+)# this is a convenient shorthand for the aquated complex.