If the classification of 5 types of chemical reactions didn't exist, can you then be able to predict products of a given chemical reaction?   Why/Not?Let's suppose the classification of the...

If the classification of 5 types of chemical reactions didn't exist, can you then be able to predict products of a given chemical reaction?   Why/Not?

Let's suppose the classification of the five types of chemical reactions did not exist. Would you then be able to predict products of a given chemical reaction? Why or why not?

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As long as you had the periodic table of chemical elements, you should be able to make reasonable predictions about what type of chemical reaction would occur.  The periodic table is a chart that arranges the elements according to their atomic structure, atomic masses, and known physical and chemical properties.  So reasonable expectations could be postulated as to the outcome of combining any two elements.  The classification of known chemical combinations is a furthering of the development of the periodic table, for example, hydrogen has one electron in its outer energy level.  It behaves as a group 1 metal, wanting to donate that one electron.  Oxygen is a nonmetal that has a vacancy for two electrons in its outer energy level.  It is very electronegative, so it would be forseeable that we should be able to combine two hydrogens with one oxygen to form some new compound, which in this case, would be water.  So the answer is yes, we should be able to intelligently make predictions as to what type of reaction should take place, given we have the acquired knowledge the periodic table represents at our fingertips.

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