How do you predict the products in acid-base reactions?
You predict the products of acid-base reactions by pairing each cation with the anion of the other compound.
Acid-base neutralization is a special case of double displacement reaction.
We can use the same techniques to predict the products.
In acids, the cation is always
Let's use the neutralization of stomach acid (
(a.) Divide the acid into
(b.) Divide the base into positive ions and
(c.) For products, combine the
Then combine the positive and negative ions to make a salt.
Remember to balance the positive and negative charges in the salt.
In this case,
(d.) Balance the equation.
Complete and balance an equation for the reaction between