# Homework Help: Equation Confusion

1. Jan 30, 2006

### AngelShare

What is this bolded part?

NaOH(aq)

Mind you, the bolded part is subscripted. I've seen that once before but don't remember reading anything about it.

2. Jan 30, 2006

### daveb

It means aqueous.

3. Jan 30, 2006

### AngelShare

Is it used for anything or is it simply there?

4. Jan 30, 2006

### HallsofIvy

:rofl: It indicates that the Sodium Hydroxide is dissolved in water.

5. Jan 30, 2006

### AngelShare

What's that got to do with what I'm doing though?

Nyah, I figured that'd be at least a slightly amusing question.:rofl:

6. Feb 1, 2006

### GCT

it has important implications, depends on which experiment your doing.

7. Feb 2, 2006

### Plastic Photon

Aqueous solutions are solutions in which the solvent is water.

An example is HCl. Most people refer to this as hydrochloric acid. But in reality it is only an acid if the gases are dissolved in water.

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8. Feb 2, 2006

### AngelShare

it has important implications, depends on which experiment your doing.

I'm balancing an equation-- NaOH(aq) + Fe(NO3)3(aq) -->

9. Feb 2, 2006

### GCT

yeah, you can write out any important net ionic equations. The NaOH will actually be dissolved to Na+ and OH- right (and the same for iron II nitrate); except you might want to see if you've got any precipitates or anything else for a net ionic equations.

10. Feb 2, 2006

### Staff: Mentor

Wrong. It should be the same size as rest of the text, and not bold nor italic.

Best,
Borek

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11. Feb 2, 2006

### AngelShare

What do you mean, wrong? How could I be wrong by stating what I see right in front of me?

And it isn't bold or italic...

12. Feb 2, 2006

### Staff: Mentor

I didn't mean you are wrong. I mean (aq) should be the same size as the rest of the text - if it is subscripted, book (or any other source you are looking at) uses it improperly.

Best,
Borek

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13. Feb 2, 2006

### AngelShare

Ah, okay, thanks. ^_^