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

Oct 31, 2016

A $\text{metathesis}$ or $\text{partner exchange}$ reaction.

#### Explanation:

This reaction is typically performed in aqueous solution, in which $A g C l$ is about as soluble as a brick.

So we could write:

$A g N {O}_{3} \left(a q\right) + N a C l \left(a q\right) \rightarrow A g C l \left(s\right) \downarrow + N a N {O}_{3} \left(a q\right)$

Alternatively, we could write a net ionic equation:

$A {g}^{+} + C {l}^{-} \rightarrow A g C l \left(s\right) \downarrow$

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