Answer to Question #161306 in General Chemistry for mike

Question #161306

 Explain using an appropriate equation, why it would not be advisable to use an iron spatula to stir a solution of silver nitrate.


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2021-02-05T04:06:08-0500

Iron should not be used to stir a solution of Silver Nitrate because Iron is more electropositive than silver and it will displace silver from the nitrate solution.



The equation of reaction that will occur is:

Fe(s) + 2AgNO3(aq) --------> Fe(NO3)2(aq) + 2Ag(s)


Net ionic equation:

Fe + 2Ag+ ------> Fe2+ + 2Ag


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