When the barium chloride test is performed on a known solution of 0.1 M #Na_2SO_4#, what do you expect the observed results to be?

1 Answer
Mar 4, 2016

I expect to see a white precipitate.


If you add a solution of barium chloride to a solution of sodium sulfate, barium sulfate forms.

Barium sulfate is insoluble in water. It appears as a white precipitate.


The reaction is a double displacement reaction.

The equation for the reaction is

#"BaCl"_2("aq") + "Na"_2"SO"_4("aq") → "BaSO"_4("s") + "2NaCl(s)"#

The net ionic reaction is

#"Ba"^(2+)("aq") + "SO"_4^"2-"("aq") → "BaSO"_4("s")#