Na2co3 Decomposition

what happens when solid soidum carbonate is heated: type of reaction, formula of reactants, and predict products 

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The chemical formula of sodium carbonate (washing soda) is Na2CO3. When it is heated it undergoes a thermal decomposition reaction. This takes place above 500 degree C. The reaction of decomposition is

Na2CO3 (s) = Na2O (s) + CO2 (g)

The name of the first reaction product Na2O is Sodium Oxide which is solid and used in glass making and the name of the second reaction product is Carbon Dioxide which is a gas (resulting gas from all biologic respiration processes)

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