Problem: Write a balanced chemical equation for the following and classify the reaction. Sodium metal reacts with water to give sodium hydroxide solution and hydrogen gas.

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Before balancing the chemical reaction, let’s first write the chemical formula of each of the compounds involved in the reaction.


Reactants:

Sodium metal

• Sodium is in its elemental state as a metal → Na(s)

• It has 0 oxidation state


Water

• Water has the molecular formula H2O(l)


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Write a balanced chemical equation for the following and classify the reaction. 

Sodium metal reacts with water to give sodium hydroxide solution and hydrogen gas.