What kind of chemical reaction is shown? #AgNO_3 + NaCl -> AgCl + NaNO_3#

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Oct 31, 2016

Answer:

A #"metathesis"# or #"partner exchange"# reaction.

Explanation:

This reaction is typically performed in aqueous solution, in which #AgCl# is about as soluble as a brick.

So we could write:

#AgNO_3(aq) + NaCl(aq) rarr AgCl(s)darr + NaNO_3(aq)#

Alternatively, we could write a net ionic equation:

#Ag^(+) + Cl^(-) rarr AgCl(s)darr#

In both equations, charge is balanced as well as mass, as indeed they must be.