What is the net ionic equation for the reaction between aqueous ammonia and hydrochloric acid?

1 Answer
Jan 17, 2016

Answer:

#NH_3(aq) + H_3O^+ rarr NH_4^+ + H_2O(l)#

Explanation:

Alternatively, I could have written:

#NH_3(aq) + H^+ rarr NH_4^+#

In both cases, the chloride ion, #Cl^-#, which was the counterion of #H^+# was simply along for the ride, and did not take part in the reaction. Of course, we could isolate ammonium chloride, #NH_4Cl#, if we chose to do so.