Problem: Classify these salts as acidic, basic, or neutral. And Why?NaCN , K2CO3

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We’re being asked to determine if the given salts are acidic, basic or neutral when dissolved in water.


The acidic ions are usually cations and include:

1. Transition metals with a charge of +2 or higher. Transition metals not satisfying this condition are neutral.

2. Main group metals with a charge of +3 or higher. Main group metals not satisfying this condition are neutral.

3. Amines, which are compounds that contain only N and H (i.e. NH­3) or C, N, and H (i.e. CH3NH2)

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Classify these salts as acidic, basic, or neutral. And Why?

NaCN , K2CO3

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