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Homework Help: Grade 11 Chemistry Problem about a Nonreaction

  1. Jan 26, 2015 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    If there is a reaction, write out the chemical equation for
    Hg(NO3)2(aq) + CH3COONa(aq)

    2. Relevant equations


    3. The attempt at a solution
    The answer says that there is no reaction. I have absolutely no idea why not.
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  3. Jan 27, 2015 #2

    Quantum Defect

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    In all of these reactions. Think about what is in solution. In this case, what ions are in solution.

    When you know what kinds of ions are in solution, think a bit about what kind of species they are (salts, acids, bases)
    If you have an acid and a base, you might expect an acid-base reaction. If you just have salts, think about whether any of the new pairings would result in an insoluble salt.

    Basically: What do you have in the beaker. What kinds of reactions do the species undergo?
  4. Jan 27, 2015 #3


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    If you have no idea why not, than perhaps you have an idea about why yes? Do you see anything that can react here? Can you predict any products?
  5. Jan 27, 2015 #4
    Oh I see, thank-you so much!!! :)
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