# What kind of chemical compound do salt and water form?

Oct 31, 2016

They form aquated ions with water molecules.

#### Explanation:

$N a C l \left(s\right) + \text{excess } {H}_{2} O r i g h t \le f t h a r p \infty n s N {a}^{+} \left(a q\right) + C {l}^{-} \left(a q\right)$

The sodium and chloride ions are so-called aquated ions, coordination complexes if you like, where the coordinating ligand is the water molecule.

For $N {a}^{+} \left(a q\right)$, we could probably represent this as ${\left[N a {\left(O {H}_{2}\right)}_{6}\right]}^{+}$. And likewise for the chloride counterion.