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Meehan98
 one year ago
What is the net ionic equation that occurs when zinc nitrate and lithium phosphate are mixed together in water? A precipitate of zinc phosphate is formed.
I understand how to get the net ionic equation, but the first step of writing the equation is what's confusing me.
Meehan98
 one year ago
What is the net ionic equation that occurs when zinc nitrate and lithium phosphate are mixed together in water? A precipitate of zinc phosphate is formed. I understand how to get the net ionic equation, but the first step of writing the equation is what's confusing me.

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Meehan98
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0The equation that I have right now is: \[Zn NO _{3} + Li PO _{4}\rightarrow Zn PO _{4}\] How do I balance this equation when Lithium and Nitrate aren't on the products side of the equation?

aaronq
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.3But they are present, they're just not a precipitate. \(\sf Zn(NO_3)_2+Li_3PO_4\rightarrow Zn_3(PO_4)_2+LiNO_3\) When you write these equations, make sure you write a label for it's state in solution, (aq), (s), (g) etc.

Meehan98
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0Do you mind explaining to me the changes you made to the equation? I don't know why I'm having so much trouble with this..

aaronq
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.3You need to know the charges of polyatomic ions and balance these appropriately  focus on that and this will be easy

aaronq
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.3For example, the charge on \(PO_4^{3}\) is 3 and for \(Li^+\) is just 1+ so to balance the charges you need 3 \(Li^+\) and one \(PO_4^{3}\) so you get \(Li_3PO_4\)

Meehan98
 one year ago
Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0OK, so for \[Zn ^{2+} PO _{4}^{3}\] you find the least common multiple of the two charges and are left with \[Zn _{3} (PO _{4}) _{2}\] Thank you! You've been the greatest help!
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