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Physical States

Posted: Sat Oct 07, 2017 6:44 pm
by Andy Liao 1B
I noticed that for questions asking us to write the balanced equation, the answers in the solutions manual included physical states. I was wondering if we are expected to know how to determine the physical states in a chemical equation. Also, how exactly do you determine the physical states in a chemical equation?

Re: Physical States  [ENDORSED]

Posted: Sat Oct 07, 2017 6:56 pm
by Chem_Mod
You cannot always tell what chemical state every species will be after a reaction. However, it is easy to tell with many common substances; oxygen, nitrogen, carbon dioxide, etc. should always appear as gases and salts will generally be in aqueous solution or solid.

Re: Physical States

Posted: Sun Oct 08, 2017 8:34 pm
by Jessica Benitez 1K
When writing physical states, you can use the following symbols:
solid (s)
liquid (l)
gas (g)
aqueous solution (aq)