Holooly Plus Logo

Question 4.5: Writing an Equation for a Neutralization Write the molecular...

Writing an Equation for a Neutralization

Write the molecular equation and then the net ionic equation for the neutralization of nitrous acid, HNO_2, by sodium hydroxide, NaOH, both in aqueous solution. Use an arrow with H^+ over it to show the proton transfer.


Start by writing the acid and base reactants and the salt product. Recall that the salt consists of cations from the base and anions from the acid. Note also that water is frequently a product; if it is, you will not be able to balance the equation without it. Once you have the balanced molecular equation, write the complete ionic equation. Do that by representing any strong electrolytes by the formulas of their ions. Finally, write the net ionic equation by canceling any spectator ions, and from it note the proton transfer.

The "Step-by-Step Explanation" refers to a detailed and sequential breakdown of the solution or reasoning behind the answer. This comprehensive explanation walks through each step of the answer, offering you clarity and understanding.
Our explanations are based on the best information we have, but they may not always be right or fit every situation.
The blue check mark means that this solution has been answered and checked by an expert. This guarantees that the final answer is accurate.
Learn more on how we answer questions.
Already have an account?

Related Answered Questions