Salts and Types of Salt in Chemistry

len Alfred Ajibola - Wed, 10th July, 2019 @ 16:52: PM

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Academic Questions in Chemistry

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The Separating Funnel is a technique used in the separation of mixtures. Another name for Separating Funnel is the _____ Funnel.

  • A. Partition
  • B. Separatory
  • C. Division
  • D. Liquid
  • E. Half
  • F. Dividing

2NH4+(aq) + Ag+(aq) -> 2H4AgN

The equation above represents _____ acid.

  • A. Svante Arrhenius'

  • B. Brønsted–Lowry's

  • C. Gilbert Lewis'

  • D. Avogadro's

  • E. Sir Isaac Newton's

  • F. Albert Einstein's

According to Brønsted Thomas Martin Lowry, an acid is defined as _____.

  • A. Any substance that produces hydrogen ion (H+) when dissolved in water

  • B. A substance that accepts electron pair in a chemical reaction

  • C. A substance that gives out hydronium ion (H3O+) when dissolved in water

  • D. A substance that donates a proton in a chemical reaction

  • E. A substance that reacts with a base to form salt and water

  • F. A substance whose hydrogen ions  (H+) are displaced after a reaction with metals higher in the activity, reactivity or electrochemical series

Which of the following is NOT a characteristic of chemical change?

  • A. A new thing is formed
  • B. It cannot be easily separated into it's constituents elements
  • C. A new chemical formula accompanies whatever is formed
  • D. The burning of candle is an example of a chemical change
  • E. Blood is an example of a chemical change
  • F. Iron rust is an example of a chemical change

Which of the following statement is FALSE concerning a physical change _____.

  • A. Substances formed in a physical change have a unique chemical formula and IUPAC name
  • B. It's a change that is easily reversible
  • C. It's a change that can be separated via an appropriate separation technique
  • D. No new substance is formed
  • E. A mixture of salt and water is a physical change
  • F. Physical change can result to a change in color and shapes of substances

The following substances will sublime EXCEPT _____.

  • A. Sodium Cryolite
  • B. Solid Carbon(IV)oxide
  • C. Arsenic
  • D. Sulphur
  • E. Iodine Crystals
  • F. Naphthalene

Which of the following is a state of matter?

  • A. Ions
  • B. Plasma
  • C. Compounds
  • D. Molecules
  • E. Atoms
  • F. None of the above

The ideal way of separating a mixture of blood is through _____.

  • A. Chromatography
  • B. Fractional Distillation
  • C. Centrifugation
  • D. Filtration
  • E. Separating Funnel
  • F. Fractional Crystallization



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What is a Salt?

At one point or another, we must have used a popular kind of “salt” in cooking our food. This "cooking salt" or better still table salt or common salt as it's called is just one of the many salts we have in chemistry.

Chemically, this table salt or common salt is referred to as Sodium Chloride. It's chemical formula is "NaCl".

Please read on Elements, Compounds and Mixtures with their Characteristics here.

Note: NaCl is naturally present in the oceans and seas which makes up the salt water habitat. This habitat serves as a home to numerous organisms.

Generally, a salt can be defined as a compound/substance composed of a positive metallic ion and a negative non metallic ion.

As an instance, Na ion (Na+) is a positive metallic ion while chlorine ion (Cl-) is a negative non metallic ion. NaCl is therefore a salt based on our definition.

Please read on Ions here.

In the laboratory, salts can be prepared in a variety of ways and as a result, salts are of different types.

Note: The ideal definition of a salt will be based on how the salt was formed. This implies that we will have different definition for salts (based on how they were formed).


Types of Salt

Below are explanations on the various types of salt. These are:

1. Normal Salt

A normal salt is formed from an acid and a base.

By definition, a normal salt is the product formed when an acid reacts with a base.

The acid and the base must be of equal strength. For instance, a strong acid will have to react with a strong base in the formation of a normal salt.

Note: This reaction involving an acid and a base is known as neutralization reaction. The other product formed from neutralization reaction is water (H2O).

Recall that an acid will always have an hydrogen ion as its only positive ion. To this end, a normal salt is formed only when all the hydrogen ions have been replaced by the metallic ion from the base.

Please read on Acids: Their Definitions, Physical and Chemical Properties here.

Note: A base will always have hydroxide ion (OH-) as its only negative ion.

The equation below shows the formation of a normal salt.

HCl + NaOH -> NaCl + H2O

Acid    Base       Salt     Water

Notice that the hydrogen ion (H+) from the acid reacts with the hydroxide ion (OH-) from the base to form water (H2O). Simultaneously, the metallic ion (Na+) replaced the hydrogen in (HCl acid) to form NaCl. For this reason, the normal salt is electrically neutral.

A normal salt is electrically neutral since the number of hydrogen ions (H+ from the acid) that reacts with those of the hydroxide ions (OH- from the base) are always equal.

Note: It is also important to add that normal salts can be formed when:

  • Metal reacts with an Acid: Hydrogen gas is given off during this process. Consider the equation below:

Mg(s) + 2HNO3(aq) -> Mg(NO3)2(s) + H2(g)

Mg(NO3)2 is the salt formed from the above reaction. This salt qualifies as a normal salt.

Please read on the Physical Properties of Metals here.

  • Acid reacts with Carbonates: Carbon(IV)oxide (CO2) and water (H2O) are always given off during this reaction. The equation is shown below:

2HCl(aq) + Na2CO3(s) -> 2NaCl(s) + H2O(l) + CO2(g)


2. Acid Salt

For an acid salt to be formed, only a part of the hydrogen ions in the acid is replaced; and as a result, hydrogen ion is always present in an acid salt. In fact, it is presence of hydrogen ion (H+) in the salt that makes it an acid salt.

Note: The acid required to form an acid salt must have a basicity greater than one.

The basicity of an acid is the number of replaceable hydrogen ion(s) in one molecule of the acid.

As an instance, Hydrochloric acid (HCl) is monobasic since it only one replaceable hydrogen within it.

Hydrogen tetraoxosulphate(VI) acid (H2SO4) is dibasic since it has two replaceable hydrogen ions within its molecule.

From our explanation above; it is quite clear that HCl will not be able to form an acidic salt since it’s monobasic.

H2SO4 will form an acid salt because it is dibasic. (That is; it contains 2 replaceable hydrogen ions in one molecule of the acid).

The equation below shows the formation of an acid salt:

H2SO4(aq) + NaOH(aq) -> NaHSO4(s) + H2O(l)  

Note: One of the hydrogen ions from the acid H2SO4 had been replaced by Sodium (Na).

Please read on Physical and Chemical Changes here.


3. Basic Salt

Unlike an acid salt which contains hydrogen ion (H+) within it, a basic salt contains hydroxide ion (OH-) within it.

A basic salt will always contain the positive metal ion from the base, hydroxide ion from the base and the negative ion from the acid.

Note: When a strong base reacts with a weak acid, a basic salt is formed. Also, when the concentration of a base is much higher than the acid, a basic salt will also be formed.

Examples of basic salts are ZnOHCl and MgOHCl


4. Double Salt

A double salt is one that ionizes to produce three different types of ions is solution, out of which two are positively charged while one is negatively charged.

Examples of double salts are:

  • [Aluminium Potassium tetraoxosulphate(VI) dodecahydrate] or KAl(SO4)2.12H2O
  • [Ammonium Iron(II) tetraoxosulphate(VI) hexahydrate] or (NH4)2 Fe(SO4)2.6H2O.

Notice that if KAl(SO4)2.12H2O was dissolved in water, the ions produced will be: Potassium ion (K+) which is positively charged, Aluminium ion (Al3+) which is positively charged and Sulphate ion (SO42-) which is negatively charged.

Similarly, (NH4)2 Fe(SO4)2.6H2 will ionize to produce Ammonium ion (NH4+), Iron (II) ion (Fe2+) and Sulphate ion (SO42-).


5. Complex Salt

Any salt that contains complex ions within it is regarded as a complex salt.

For now, just imagine complex ions to consist of a charged group of atoms.

An example of a complex salt is Sodium tetrahydroxozincate(II) or Na2Zn(OH)4. If this complex salt is dissolved in water, sodium ions (Na+) and Zinc hydroxide ions Zn(OH)2- will be produced respectively. It is the presence of Zn(OH)2- (which is a complex ion) that makes this salt a complex salt.

Another example of a complex salt is Potassium hexacyanoferrate(II) or K4Fe(CN)6 which ionizes to produce potassium ion (K+) and [Fe(CN)6]4- respectively. It is the presence of [Fe(CN)6]4- (a complex ion) that makes K4Fe(CN)6 a complex salt.

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Amazing facts in Chemistry

The only letters that failed to appear on the periodic table are letters:

J     &     Q

Gold and copper are the only two non-silvery colored metals.

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Copper is the only metal that is naturally antibacterial. This is why you would see some children utilize 'copper' water bottles in schools

Water actually freezes faster when it’s warm than when it’s cold

Most element in their pure state exists physically in different forms. For instance, pure carbon can exist as both diamond and graphite. This phenomenon is called allotropy.

Please read on modification of Dalton's atomic theory here.

If you pour a handful of salt into a full glass of water, the water level will go down rather than overflowing the glass.

Similarly, if you mix half liter of water and half litre of alcohol, the total volume of the liquid will be les than one litre


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Below are some facts about gold

  • It is the only metal that has a gold (golden) color.

  • Gold is present inside the earth crust in all the seven continents.

  • Pure gold is soft and very stretchable (It can even be stretched into threads).

  • The Latin name of Gold is aurum which means 'shining dawn'. For this reason, its chemical symbol is 'Au'.

  • Gold is a very good conductor of electricity. This is why it’s sometimes used in making USB and audio cables.

  • Gold is non toxic and can be eaten with food. It is sometimes added to desserts in some expensive restaurants.

  • The term Gold originated from an ancient English word 'geolu' which means yellow.

  • 24karat gold is the purest gold element.

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An acid is a substance that produces Hydrogen ions (H+) when dissolved in water (or when in the form of an aqueous solution).

Svante Arrhenius definition of Acid


An acid is a substance that donates a proton in a chemical reaction.

Brønsted Thomas Martin Lowry definition of Acid


An acid is a substance that accept an electron pair in a chemical reaction.

Gilbert Newton Lewis definition of Acid


Finally, Acids can also be also defined as substances that gives out hydronium ion (H3O+) when dissolved in water.


In summary, all acids will always contain the positive H+ (cation) and an anionic group in their formula. For instance, the acid HCl (Hydrogen Chloride) contains H+ as cation and Cl- as its anion.

Please read the explanations of the above definitions of acid here