What occurs when #Ba(NO_3)_2(aq)# and #Na_2SO_4(aq)# are mixed?

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Aug 31, 2017

Answer:

Well, all nitrates are soluble.........

Explanation:

And all sodium salts are soluble...and most sulfates are soluble. Barium sulfate, however, is reasonably insoluble

And should barium nitrate, and sodium sulfate be mixed in aqueous solution, a #"metathesis"# or #"partner exchange reaction"# should occur, and insoluble barium sulfate should precipitate. How do I know this? How else but by experiment? And 20 or so years ago I did the same experiment as you did.

#Ba(NO_3)_2(aq)+Na_2SO_4(aq) rarr BaSO_4(s)darr + 2NaNO_3(aq)#

And we could write the net ionic equation, given that nitrate and sodium salts are all soluble......

#Ba^(2+) + SO_4^(2-) rarr BaSO_4(s)darr#

None of this is a replacement for doing the experiment, and noting down your observations.