We’re being asked to determine if the salt solutions are acidic (A), basic (B), or neutral (N).
Ionic salts are made up of positively charged ion (cation) and a negatively charged ion (anion). To determine if the ionic salt would be acidic, basic, or neutral, we need to identify the acidity or basicity of the cation and anion.
• transition metal
▪ charge of +2 or higher → acidic
▪ less than +2 → neutral solution
• main group metal
Would the following salt solutions be acidic (A), basic (B), or neutral (N)? (hint: Think of the reactions with water)
A. NaNO2 - Neutral, LiF - Neutral
B. NaNO2 - Basic, LiF - Basic
C. NaNO2 - Acidic, LiF - Acidic
D. NaNO2 - Acidic, LiF - Basic
E. NaNO2 - Basic, LiF - Acidic
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