# You have one reactant and two elements for products. What type of reaction do you have?

Feb 16, 2016

The reaction would be a decomposition reaction.

#### Explanation:

A decomposition reaction occurs when a single reactant produces two or more simpler products.

The generic reaction is $\textcolor{red}{\text{A"color(blue)"B}}$$\rightarrow$$\textcolor{red}{\text{A"+color(blue)"B}}$.

The electrolysis of water is an example of a decomposition reaction.

$\textcolor{red}{\text{H"_2)color(blue)("O")("l}}$$\rightarrow$$\textcolor{red}{\text{2H"_2)("g")+color(blue)("O"_2)("g}}$