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Homework Help: Writing net ionic equations ?

  1. Mar 1, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    For each of the following situations, identify those for which a reaction likely to occur. For those that do occur, white a net ionic equation.
    a) Chromium dipped into silver nitrate.
    b) Gold immersed in hydrochloric acid
    c) Nickel pellets dropped into calcium acetate, Ca(C2H3O2)2.
    d) Aluminum dropped into a bath of sulphuric acid.
    e) Zinc dipped into a solution of lead(II) nitrate.

    3. The attempt at a solution

    This is what I got:
    a)Cr(s) + 2AgNO3(aq) --> Cr(NO3)2 + 2Ag(s)
    Separate the aqueous ions:
    Cr(s) + 2Ag(aq) + 2NO3(aq) --> Cr(aq) + 2NO3(aq) + 2Ag(s)
    Then I'm supposed to remove the ions common to both sides...but
    then I end up with none at all b/c each one is on both sides...???
    b) no reaction
    c) no reaction
    d) 2Al(s) + 3H2SO4(aq) --> Al2(SO4)3(aq) + 3H2(g)
    Here I get the same problem as in (a) when I separate them.
    e) Zn(s) + Pb(NO3)2(aq) --> Zn(NO3)2(aq) + Pb(s)
    Again, same problem....if I separate the aqueous ions and get rid of the common ones I end up with nothing.

    What am I doing wrong? If someone can show me how to do this that would be great, thanks!
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  3. Mar 1, 2009 #2


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    Be careful when you cancel off spectator species, make sure that they are indeed the same thing!

    Firstly, note that the silver and nitrate exist as IONS in solution i.e.:

    AgNO3(aq) --> Ag+(aq) + NO3-(aq)

    So make sure you include the charges. This then indicates that the silver (and chromium) species on each side are NOT the same i.e. Ag+(aq) is completely different from Ag(s), so you cannot cancel them off, so overall, you are left with:

    Cr(s) + 3Ag+(aq) --> Cr3+(aq) + 3Ag(s)
  4. Mar 1, 2009 #3
    How do I know the different charges of ions when they are in different states? Ex. How does Cr(s) have a different charge than the aqueous one? How do I figure this out for any others?
  5. Mar 1, 2009 #4
    There are a set of elements that have set oxidation numbers (for example oxygen normally has an oxidation number of 2-). By using these, you can determine what the other charges are.

    The Bob
  6. Mar 2, 2009 #5


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    Cr(s) is not ionic.

    Otherwise - use periodic table. But some things you will just have to remember.
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