Problem: Which equation best represents the ionic reaction that occurs when a copper wire is dipped into a silver nitrate solution?(A) Cu + AgNO3 ---> Ag + CuNO3(B) Cu + Ag+ ---> Ag + Cu+(C) Cu + 2 AgNO3 ---> 2 Ag + Cu(NO3)2(D) Cu + 2 Ag+ ---> 2 Ag + Cu2+

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First, identify the chemical formula for each reactant:

copper wire → Copper → Cu

silver nitrate → AgNO3 


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Which equation best represents the ionic reaction that occurs when a copper wire is dipped into a silver nitrate solution?

(A) Cu + AgNO3 ---> Ag + CuNO3
(B) Cu + Ag+ ---> Ag + Cu+
(C) Cu + 2 AgNO3 ---> 2 Ag + Cu(NO3)2
(D) Cu + 2 Ag+ ---> 2 Ag + Cu2+

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