Problem: Write the chemical formula for each substance mentioned in the following word descriptions (use the front inside cover of the textbook to find the symbols for the elements you dont know).Perchloric acid reacts with cadmium to form cadmium(II) perchlorate.

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We have to write a balanced equation for the reaction of cadmium with perchloric acid to form cadmium(II) perchlorate.


We have to first write formulas for the given substances before we can write and balance the equation for the reaction.


  • Cadmium is a transition metal with the symbol Cd.
  • Perchloric acid is an oxyacid with the formula HClO4.
  • Cadmium(II) perchlorate is an ionic compound because it contains a metal ion and a polyatomic ion (perchlorate).


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Write the chemical formula for each substance mentioned in the following word descriptions (use the front inside cover of the textbook to find the symbols for the elements you dont know).

Perchloric acid reacts with cadmium to form cadmium(II) perchlorate.

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