What kind of chemical compound do salt and water form?

1 Answer
Oct 31, 2016

They form aquated ions with water molecules.


#NaCl(s) + "excess "H_2OrightleftharpoonsNa^+(aq) + Cl^(-)(aq)#

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

For #Na^+(aq)#, we could probably represent this as #[Na(OH_2)_6]^+#. And likewise for the chloride counterion.