How do you compare and contrast a chemical equation and an ionic equation?

Is a chemical equation any equation while an ionic equation deals with the gain/loss of electrons?

A chemical equation usually consists of what I call a molecular equation whereas an ionic equation (or the net ionic equation) shows the ions that react. As an example, a molecular equation might be the one below.
AgNO3(aq) + NaCl(aq) ==> AgCl(s) + NaNO3(aq)

(aq) means aqueous solutons, (s) means solid (insoluble).

we can turn this into an ionic equation by knowing that the AgNO3 and NaCl are ionic compounds and when they go into solution, the solid crystal lattice breaks and the ions then move around in the solution.
Ag+)aq) + NO3-(aq) + Na+(aq) + Cl-(aq)==>AgNO3(s) + Na+(aq) + NO3-(aq)

The NET ionic equation is
Ag+(aq) + Cl-(aq) ==>AgCl(s)

This may be more than you ever wanted to know about molecular and ionic/net ionic equations but I shall be happy to follow up on anything you wish. Probably I should have noted that the ionic equation is turned into the net ionic equation by canceling those ions that appear on both sides of the equation.

Thank you. I think this is what the teacher was asking for.

  1. 👍 0
  2. 👎 0
  3. 👁 223
asked by Carter

Respond to this Question

First Name

Your Response

Similar Questions

  1. Chem

    Separate the following balanced chemical equation into its total ionic equation. AgNO3​(aq)+NaCl(aq) --> NaNO3​(aq)+AgCl(s) (List the ions in order of the above equation.) Write the net ionic equation for the reaction above.

    asked by Emma on October 16, 2017
  2. chemistry

    Reacting Mg with acid solution to form Mg salt and Hydrogen gas. What are the: 1.general reaction type 2. Chemical equation include phase 3. complete ionic equation include phase 4. chemical equation for the reaction between

    asked by shay on October 3, 2012
  3. Chemistry

    Write a balanced chemical equation (molecular equation). Write a total ionic equation. write a net ionic equation. (NH4)2 SO4(aq)+Na2CO3(aq) -->

    asked by Jake on March 15, 2011
  4. Chemistry


    asked by Jasmine on February 9, 2011
  5. Chemistry

    Given the reactant side of the total ionic equation for the neutralization reaction of ammonium hydroxide (NH4OH) with hydrochloric acid (HCl), write the total ionic equation (also known as the complete ionic equation) by entering

    asked by Prosperity on December 2, 2017
  6. chemistry 20

    A student mixed a solution of aqueous calcium chloride with an aqueous solution of magnesium sulphate. A precipitate formed. 1) Write the balance chemical equation for the reaction including states of matter. Ensure you write the

    asked by amber on May 11, 2015
  7. chem help

    i just don't know where to begin/how a) Write a balanced chemical equation for: potassium carbonate + magnesium chloride b) Write a balanced chemical equation for: sulfuric acid + calcium carbonate c) Write a balanced chemical

    asked by thad on January 15, 2013
  8. chemistry

    What is the complete ionic equation for the double displacement reaction: CuNO3(aq) + K2S(aq)= what is the chemical name and formula of this chemical reaction? plsss. need help

    asked by shay on October 3, 2012
  9. Chemistry

    ZnCl2(aq)+Na2CO3(s)--> ZnCO3(s)+NaCl (aq) Balance the chemical equation and state solid, liq, gas, aq properly to each compound Ok I have it balanced by 2 NaCl in the second part of the equation But now what is the total ionic and

    asked by Ashley on November 30, 2011
  10. Chemistry

    What are charateristic of a ionic bond and a chemical bond? Answered below for characteristics of ionic bonds. I don't understand characteristics of chemical bond since an ionic bond is a chemical bond. Perhaps you can rephrase

    asked by Pretty in Pink on November 30, 2006

More Similar Questions