What happens when magnesium turnings are added to a solution of iron (Ill) chloride?

1 Answer

There will be single replacement reaction, forming Magnesium Chloride and Iron metal precipitate


Magnesium has a lower electron negativity than Iron. The Chlorine ions will be more attracted to the magnesium than the Iron. Therefore the Magnesium will replace the ion in the compound .

The equation would be

# 3 Mg + 2 FeCl_3 -> 2 Fe_(s) + 3 MgCl_2#