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Chemical Reaction between water and chlorine

  1. Nov 19, 2007 #1
    [SOLVED] Chemical Reaction between water and chlorine

    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Whats the reaction between chlorine and water

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
    Is it the reversible reaction:

    Cl2(g) + H2O(l) <----> HCl(aq) + HClO(aq)
  2. jcsd
  3. Nov 19, 2007 #2
    I think you were going for chloric acid which is actually HOCl otherwise it's correct
  4. Nov 20, 2007 #3
    arent they the same thing just different methods of writing it. and that would be hypochloric acid not chloric acid right?
  5. Nov 20, 2007 #4
    They are the exact samething but it's hypochlorous acid. It's just chloric acid is the more common name and it's formula is HOCl.

    Edit: The reason it's not HClO is because that implies that the central atom is Cl which it is not..
  6. Nov 20, 2007 #5
    Also to clarify hypochlorous acid is the same as Chloric (1) acid. But chloric acid is different because of the oxidation states which means it will be HClO3. Thank you for correcting me.
  7. Dec 1, 2007 #6
    no problem and thank you too for correcting me.
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