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Aqueous Solution

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  1. Jun 27, 2015 #1
    What are we referring to when we denote, say, NaCl (aq)?

    Are we referring to the dissolved NaCl (Na+ and Cl-)? Are we speaking of the solution as a whole (the dissolved NaCl and water)?

    Also, how does the liquid state differ from an aqueous?
     
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  3. Jun 28, 2015 #2

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  4. Jun 28, 2015 #3

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    (aq) means water is definitely present. Whether it matters or not for a particular case is another question.
     
  5. Jun 28, 2015 #4
    So, NaCl (aq) would imply Na+ and Cl- ions, plus water if it is relevant to the reaction at hand?
     
  6. Jun 28, 2015 #5

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    Yes.
     
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