Why is neutralization a double replacement reaction?
An acid and and base neutralization involves an aqueous acid solution and an aqueous base solution combining in a double replacement reaction to form a salt and water.
The basic reaction for a double replacement react takes the following format:
Nitric acid plus calcium hydroxide yield calcium nitrate and water
The positive ion
Since both partners in the reactants are changing to new partners in the products this is a double replacement reaction.
Always in a neutralization reaction the products are two neutral substance salt and water.
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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