How do Metal Carbonates and Metal Hydrogen carbonates React with Acids?
Activity • Take two test tubes, label them as A and B. • Take about 0. 5 g of sodium carbonate (Na 2 CO 3) in test tube A and about 0. 5 g of sodium hydrogen carbonate (Na. HCO 3) in test tube B • Add about 2 m. L of dilute HCl to both the test tubes. • What do you observe? • Pass the gas produced in each case through lime water (calcium hydroxide solution) as shown in Fig. and record your observations.
Passing carbon dioxide gas through calcium hydroxide solution
The reactions occurring in the above Activity are written as • Test tube A: • Na 2 CO 3+2 HCl---- 2 Na. Cl +H 2 O +CO 2 • Test tube B: • Na. HCO 3+HCl------- Na. Cl+ H 2 O +C 02 • On passing the carbon dioxide gas evolved through lime water, • Ca(OH)2 + CO 2 ------- Ca. CO 3 + H 2 O • (LIME WATER ) (White Precipitate)
On passing excess carbon dioxide the following reaction takes place: Ca. CO 3 + H 2 O + CO 2 ---- Ca (HCO 3)2 (Calcium Bi Carbonate) ( Soluble in water) • Limestone, chalk and marble are different forms of calcium carbonate. • All metal carbonates and hydrogen carbonates react with acids to give a corresponding salt, carbon dioxide and water. • Thus, the reaction can be summarized as – • Metal Carbonate/Metal Hydrogen Carbonate + Acid → Salt + Carbon dioxide + Water
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