How to Balance the Net Ionic Equation for Na2CO3 + CuSO4

Both Na2CO3 and CuSO4 are considered strong electrolytes and will dissociate completely. This means that we will split them apart in the net ionic equation.

Na2CO3 + CuSO4is a double displacement reaction. The Na in Na2CO3 and the Cu in CuSO4 switch places in the reaction.

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To balance net ionic equations we follow these general rules:

  1. Write the balanced molecular equation.
  2. Write the state (s, l, g, aq) for each substance.
  3. Split strong electrolytes into ions (the complete ionic equation).
  4. Cross out the spectator ions on both sides of complete ionic equation.
  5. Write the remaining substances as the net ionic equation.

Note: charges in a net ionic equation are conserved. This means that the overall charge (called the net charge) on the reactants side (left) of the equation must equal to the net charge on the products side (right).

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