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Equation Confusion

  1. Jan 30, 2006 #1
    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.
     
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  3. Jan 30, 2006 #2
    It means aqueous.
     
  4. Jan 30, 2006 #3
    Is it used for anything or is it simply there?
     
  5. Jan 30, 2006 #4

    HallsofIvy

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    :rofl: It indicates that the Sodium Hydroxide is dissolved in water.
     
  6. Jan 30, 2006 #5
    What's that got to do with what I'm doing though?:bugeye:

    Nyah, I figured that'd be at least a slightly amusing question.:rofl:
     
  7. Feb 1, 2006 #6

    GCT

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    it has important implications, depends on which experiment your doing.
     
  8. Feb 2, 2006 #7
    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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  9. Feb 2, 2006 #8
    it has important implications, depends on which experiment your doing.

    I'm balancing an equation-- NaOH(aq) + Fe(NO3)3(aq) -->
     
  10. Feb 2, 2006 #9

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    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.
     
  11. Feb 2, 2006 #10

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

    Best,
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  12. Feb 2, 2006 #11
    What do you mean, wrong? How could I be wrong by stating what I see right in front of me? o_O

    And it isn't bold or italic...
     
  13. Feb 2, 2006 #12

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    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.

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  14. Feb 2, 2006 #13
    Ah, okay, thanks. ^_^
     
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