Aqueous Solution

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

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