How is a neutralization reaction different from a single displacement reaction?

1 Answer
Jul 26, 2014

A neutralization is a special case of a double displacement reaction.

You can read about neutralization and double displacement reactions at

http://socratic.org/questions/is-a-neutralization-reaction-a-type-of-double-displacement

In a neutralization reaction, an acid reacts with a base:

NaOH + HCl → NaCl + H-OH (H₂O)

This fits the pattern of a double displacement reaction:

AB + CD → AD + CB

In contrast, a single displacement reaction has the pattern

A + BC→ AC + B