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

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Jan 26, 2017

Answer:

#Na^+# and #Cl^-# ions are along for the ride........

Explanation:

We can write the given rxn as:

#Na_2CO_3(aq) + 2HCl(aq) rarr 2NaCl(aq)+ CO_2(g) + H_2O(l)#

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

#CO_3^(2-) + 2H_3O^(+) rarr CO_2(g)uarr +3H_2O(l)#

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