Why is neutralization a double replacement reaction?

1 Answer

Neutralization reactions occur between acids and bases producing a salt and water as products.

Here is an example:
HCl + NaOH -> HOH + NaCl

HCl = hydrochloric acid
NaH = sodium hydroxide (a base)
NaCl = table salt
HOH = water

  • Note that we think of water as an ionic compound in this reaction - that is key to identifying this reaction as a double replacement reaction!

Here is a video which provides additional discussion of this topic.

Video from: Noel Pauller

Hope this helps!