What are the spectator ions for the reaction that occurs when aqueous solutions of Na_2CO_3 and HCL are mixed?

Jan 26, 2017

Answer:

$N {a}^{+}$ and $C {l}^{-}$ ions are along for the ride........

Explanation:

We can write the given rxn as:

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

Of course we can remove the spectator ions, and write the net ionic equation:

$C {O}_{3}^{2 -} + 2 {H}_{3} {O}^{+} \rightarrow C {O}_{2} \left(g\right) \uparrow + 3 {H}_{2} O \left(l\right)$

Are mass and charge balanced here? If they are not, is there a problem?