Ions as Bases

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Sonia Perez 1G
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Ions as Bases

Postby Sonia Perez 1G » Fri Nov 27, 2015 8:48 pm

Sodium Acetate: NaCH3CO2 (s)
CH3CO2-(aq) + H2O(l) --> OH-(aq) + CH3CO2H (aq)

In this reaction why is Na+ not included?

Sandeep Gurram 2E
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Re: Ions as Bases

Postby Sandeep Gurram 2E » Fri Nov 27, 2015 8:50 pm

Sodium is not included because it is a spectator ion, so we just tend to leave it out.

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Re: Ions as Bases

Postby Chem_Mod » Sat Nov 28, 2015 5:26 pm

Correct, the NaOH that forms will completely dissociate into Na+ and OH- so we leave it out of the reaction entirely.

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