# Ms. Salis explains to her class that sodium (Na) and chlorine (Cl) atoms bond to make table salt (NaCl). What is table salt considered?

Sep 15, 2016

Table salt is considered to be a $\text{salt}$, and it is also considered to be indispensable to fish and chips.

#### Explanation:

In chemistry a salt is considered to be the neutralization product of an acid and base. Typically an aqueous solvent is specified, i.e.:

$\text{Acid + base "rarr" Salt and water}$

Clearly for sodium chloride we can write:

$H C l \left(a q\right) + N a O H \left(a q\right) \rightarrow N a C l \left(a q\right) + {H}_{2} O \left(l\right)$.

We can write the same sorts of reactions for other acids and for other bases:

$H N {O}_{3} \left(a q\right) + N a O H \left(a q\right) \rightarrow N a N {O}_{3} \left(a q\right) + {H}_{2} O \left(l\right)$

${H}_{2} S {O}_{4} \left(a q\right) + 2 K O H \left(a q\right) \rightarrow {K}_{2} S {O}_{4} \left(a q\right) + 2 {H}_{2} O \left(l\right)$

Here, the salts are sodium nitrate, and potassium sulfate respectively. Capisce?