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1 Word Problems: Predicting Products in Single and Double Replacement reactions Given the beginning of a chemical reaction, how can you figure out what will be made, and if the reaction will actually happen?

2 Steps to follow when writing your own equations Determine the type of reaction (Synthesis, Decomposition, Single Replacement, Double Replacement or combustion) Use the reaction type information to predict the likely products Check to make sure that each compound created has balanced charges (zero net charge).

3 Steps to follow when writing your own equations – Continued Determine if the reaction will happen If Single Replacement: A + BC B + AC Determine which elements will fight during the reaction. Two cations will fight over one anion. OR Two anions will fight over a single cation. Zn + FeCl 2 Fe + Zn Cl 2 F 2 + NaBr Na F + Br 2 In the products, is the most reactive element bonded and the least reactive element alone?

4 Steps to follow when writing your own equations – Continued Determine if the reaction will happen If Double Replacement: AB + CD AD + CB NaCl + AgNO 3 NaNO 3 + AgCl Switch the partners in the compounds. Make sure that you bond the cation with a new anion. (The first ion bonds with the last ion and the two inner ions bond) Is at least one of the products INSOLUBLE in water? Was a covalent substance (like water) produced? Was a gas created?

5 Solubility Table: s= soluble Ss= slightly soluble i=insoluble This table came from

6 Steps to follow when writing your own equations – Continued To sum up: Single replacement reactions occur if the most active metal of the two is bonded with a nonmetal OR the most active nonmetal of the two is bonded with a metal at the end of the reaction. Double replacement reactions occur if an insoluble ionic product, a gas or a covalent substance like water is formed. If it is any other type of reaction (synthesis, decomp or oxidation) you may assume that it proceeds as written. If the reaction will occur, then use coefficients to balance it. If the reaction does not occur, then you can skip the balancing step.

7 Example Problem 1 Iron nails are placed in a solution of copper (II) chloride… Fe + CuCl 2 Looks like Single Replacement A + BC AC + B (Fe replaces the Cu +2 ion in the solution) Fe + CuCl 2 FeCl + Cu Iron is more active than copper, so it should be able to replace it in solution. Iron takes either Fe +2 or Fe +3 charge. To make it easy, lets assume Fe +2 is created. ____Fe + ____CuCl 2 _____FeCl 2 + ____Cu

8 Example Problem 2 Lead (II) nitrate and potassium iodide solutions are mixed… Pb(NO 3 ) 2 + KI Looks like Double Replacement AB + CD AD + CB Lead will drop the nitrate and try to bond with the iodine. Potassium will also switch partners Pb(NO 3 ) 2 + KI PbI 2 + KNO 3 PbI 2 = INSOLUBLE KNO 3 = Soluble Since one of the products is insoluble, the reaction will occur ___Pb(NO 3 ) 2 + ___KI ___PbI 2 + ___KNO 3

9 Example Problem 3 Potassium iodide and sodium carbonate solutions are mixed… KI + Na 2 CO 3 Looks like Double Replacement AB + CD AD + CB Potassium will drop the iodide ion and try to bond with the carbonate. Sodium will also switch partners KI + Na 2 CO 3 NaI + K 2 CO 3 Both products are soluble ionic compounds. No gas was created. No reaction occurred. There is no need to balance it. The reaction does not occur.

10 Example Problem 4 A solution of sodium iodide is mixed with chlorine gas dissolved in water… NaI + Cl 2 Looks like Single Replacement AB + C AC + B (Chlorine will attempt to replace the iodine) NaI + Cl 2 NaCl + I 2 Chlorine is more active than iodine so the reaction will proceed. ____NaI + _____Cl 2 _____NaCl + _____I 2

11 Try these two problems on your own Practice Problem A Barium nitrate and sodium carbonate solutions are mixed… Practice Problem B A copper metal strip is placed in sulfuric acid… Pause the video and try these two problems on your own


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