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Identifying spectator ions

  1. Apr 23, 2005 #1
    How do I know which ions in a reaction are spectator ions? If the reaction forms a precipitate, then I know that the ions that don't form the precipitate are the spectator ions. What do I do in something like the following:

    HCl + NaOH

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  4. Feb 22, 2010 #3
    I have a similar dilemma that I'm trying to figure out for a friend...it stumped both of us.

    2(NaCl) + CuSO4 --> Na2SO4 + CuCl2

    it asks for the net ionic equation and what the spectator ions are
  5. Feb 23, 2010 #4


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    First things first - do you think any reaction occurs?

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