Problem: Silver can be separated from gold because silver dissolves in nitric acid while gold does not. Is the dissolution of silver in nitric acid an acid-base reaction or an oxidation-reduction reaction? Explain your answer.

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We are being asked to determine whether the dissolution of silver in nitric acid is an acid-base reaction or an oxidation-reduction reaction


Recall the definition of the two types of reaction

acid-base reaction - water and salt are formed as products.

redox reaction – transfer of electrons between two species



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Silver can be separated from gold because silver dissolves in nitric acid while gold does not. Is the dissolution of silver in nitric acid an acid-base reaction or an oxidation-reduction reaction? Explain your answer.

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