They all have cancelled each other! Is there a name to this phenomenon?
Yes, it is called "no reaction"
Does this mean that no HNO3 is actually formed?
This is a bit more complicated.
Please note that to some extent every solution containing both H+
is a solution of the nitric acid. If you prepare 1M solution of HNO3
there is no doubt this is a nitric acid solution. Now add 1 M NaCl. Would you agree it is still a nitric acid solution, just with some NaCl added? Now prepare 1 M solution of HCl and add 1 M NaNO3
. Can you distinguish it from the previous solution? Is it a hydrochloric acid solution with NaNO3
added, or a nitric acid solution with NaCl added?
Or perhaps it actually doesn't matter how we call it as long as we just list all the ions present?