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Predict whether Fe(OH)2 will dissolve, precipitate, or do neither after:

(a) water is added --> dissolve
(b) Fe(OH)2 is added--> neither
(c) Solid Fe(NO3)2 is added--> precipitate
(d) Solid KNO3 is added---> neither

I'm given the answers...but no explanation. I am not sure how to solve these problems. Can someone help me out? I haven't been able to get a hold of my professor....thanks!

  • Chemistry --Help 2! :) -

    After that long discussion below, I won't go into much detail here. Actually, with what I answered below on the HCN = H2O problem, these should go well for you

    (a) water is added --> dissolve
    Fe(OH)2(s) + H2O ==> Fe^+2 + 2OH^-
    So adding water moves the reaction to the left and the ppt dissolves.


    (b) Fe(OH)2 is added--> neither
    Adding more solid to a saturated solution can't make it dissolve more

    (c) Solid Fe(NO3)2 is added--> precipitate
    Addition of Fe(NO3)2 is adding Fe^+2 to the solution, that shifts the reaction to the left and causes more solid (ppt) to form.

    (d) Solid KNO3 is added---> neither
    KNO3 isn't involved in the reaction so it has no effect.

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