# What are decomposition reactions?

Oct 17, 2015

$\text{Compound "->" Products}$

#### Explanation:

Decomposition reaction is under this form:

$\text{Compound "->" Products}$

Which means is that you have one reactant which is a compound that will give you products which could be a combination of:

$\text{Compound "->" Compound" + "Compound}$

$\text{Compound "->" Compound" + "element}$

$\text{Compound "->" element" + "element}$

Example:
When you heat $C u C {O}_{3}$ it will decompose into copper(II) oxide $C u O$ and carbon dioxide $C {O}_{2}$:

$C u C {O}_{3} \left(s\right) \to C u O \left(s\right) + C {O}_{2} \left(g\right)$

Here is a video that explain all types of chemical reactions alone with an experimental example on each.