Monday, October 5, 2020


General Chemistry Index

Where are we going with this? This page will assist in developing the ability to describe, classify, and give examples of various kinds of reactions: synthesis (i.e., combination), decomposition, single displacement, double displacement, acid/base, and combustion.

You start with some things that are separate. They combine.

When two (or more) substances combine to form a single new substance, the type of reactions is called synthesis.

What this looks like:

A + B --> AB 

Two smaller things join together to become one bigger thing.
  • In synthesis, the substances that combine (the reactants) can be either elements or compounds.
  • The product will always be a compound.

There are many examples of synthesis, such as:

2H2 + O2 --> 2H2O

2Na + Cl2 --> 2NaCL

Mg + S --> MgS 

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