What would happen if you mixed solutions of potassium carbonate and calcium nitrate?

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This is an example of a double replacement or precipitation reaction. The solutions of potassium carbonate and calcium nitrate both contain dissolved ions so they will appear as clear, colorless solutions. When the two solutions are combined the calcium ions will combine with the carbonate ions to form an insoluble precipitate, which will appear as a white cloudiness. Potassium ions and nitrate ions will remain dissolved in the solution. They're called "spectator ions" because they're present as both reactants and products - they don't participate in the chemical reaction. 

Here's the complete molecular equation for this reaction:

`K_2CO_3_(aq) + Ca(NO_3)_(2)_(aq) -> CaCO_3_(s) + KNO_3_(aq)`

Here's the net ionic equation, which leaves out spectator ions:` `

`Ca^(2+)_(aq) + CO^(2-)_(aq) -> CaCO_3_(s)`

Precipitation reactions can be predicted ` ` using the solubility of the double replacement products. If both are soluble there will be no reaction. If either pair is insoluble a precipitate will form.

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