Problem: What is the net ionic equation for the reaction between  HF (a weak acid) and NaOH?

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  • To calculate for the Net ionic equation, determine the reaction between NaOH and HF
  • Sodium hydroxide or NaOH is a strong base (OH- attached to a Group 1A metal (Na)). 
  • HF is a weak acid (given) and a reaction between acid and base is a neutralization reaction.
  • A neutralization reaction is a double displacement reaction where counterions are switched. Neutralization reaction will also produce water and salt.
  • Reactants are HF (composed of H+ and F-) and NaOH (Naand OH-), products will appear as H2O and NaF:
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What is the net ionic equation for the reaction between  HF (a weak acid) and NaOH?

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