Chemistry 12th Edition

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ISBN 13: 978-0-07802-151-0

Chapter 4 - Reactions in Aqueous Solutions - Questions & Problems: 4.16

Answer

The main advantage of writing a net ionic equation is that all spectator ions are cancelled. This simplifies the equation, allowing you to see what ions in the reactants and/or products are actually reacting, and undergoing a physical or chemical change.

Work Step by Step

A net ionic equation is an ionic equation where all spectator ions (ions that appear on both sides of the reaction, and do not undergo a physical or chemical change) are cancelled.
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