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Homework Help: Quick NH3 question

  1. Sep 13, 2009 #1
    Is NH3(aq) equivalent to NH3(aq) + H2O(l)? or NH3(l) + H2O(l)?
     
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  3. Sep 13, 2009 #2

    Borek

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    Not exactly, NH3(l) means liquid ammonia. But NH3(aq) + H2O(l) technically doesn't differ from NH3(aq).

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  4. Sep 13, 2009 #3
    So in a chemical formula it might help to write it as NH3(aq) + H2O(l)? I thought you use NH3(l) because it would be an aqueous solution when mixed with water.
     
  5. Sep 13, 2009 #4

    Borek

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    No, (l) means liquid. Think liquid nitrogen - N2(l). Think liquids that are not miscible with water.

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