Why does neutralization occur?
A neutralization reaction is very much like a double replacement reaction. However, in a neutralization reaction, the reactants are always an acid and a base and the products are always a salt and water.
The basic reaction for a double replacement react takes the following format:
We will look at an example as Sulfuric Acid and Potassium Hydroxide neutralize each other in the following reaction:
In a neutralization reaction between an acid and a base, the typical outcome is a salt formed by the positive ion from the base and the negative ion from the acid. In this case, the positive potassium ion (
The positive hydrogen (
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