What is a double replacement reaction?

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A double replacement reaction occurs between two ionic compounds and produces two new ionic compounds as products.

An example is:
#FeCl_3(aq) + NaOH(aq) -> Fe(OH)_3(s) + NaCl(aq)

Positive ions: #Fe^(3+) and Na^+#
Negative ions: #Cl^- and OH^-#

Note that positive ions must pair with negative ions in compounds!

Here is a video which discusses this reaction in more detail.

Video from: Noel Pauller

Hope this helps!