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Classify if BaS0^4 is a strong or weak acid, or strong or weak base, or salt?

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ladiicareless | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted November 12, 2012 at 2:16 PM via web

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Classify if BaS0^4 is a strong or weak acid, or strong or weak base, or salt?

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jerichorayel | College Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted November 12, 2012 at 5:20 PM (Answer #1)

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BaSO4 is called Barium sulfate. It is a salt. A salt can be produced from the reaction of acids and bases. If we track down the reaction of the production of BaSO4, we can see that Ba^2+ comes from the base and SO4^2- comes from the acid.

H2SO4 (aq)  + Ba(OH)2 (aq)  ---->  BaSO4 (solid)  + 2 H2O (liquid) 

ACID          +        BASE        ----->  SALT     +    WATER

Barium sulfate is an insoluble salt. Meaning, it cannot be dissolved in the solution of water. That is also the reason why it precipitates out in the solution. 

 

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