I know I had finished the equation, but I was told the answer, I didn't get there myself!
I do have the reacivity series (and have memorised that with the help of a great mnemonic), and am trying to use that as aid to what reacts with what, but not getting very far.
rctrackstar2007 when you say
but it's because it's high enough up on it that it wants to react.
what do you mean by "it"? I've only got elements on my activity series, do you mean hydrogen?
MrDeadman, perhaps you're right I just need to memorise these things - but that's exactly what I'm trying to avoid -
a) because I have an appalling memory and b) because I want to understand these things.
I am the sort of person that needs to understand something fully in order to take it in. Also I'm doing this more for my own interest than anything else, so I don't just want to memorise loads of stuff in order to pass an exam.
The problem is not just with this reaction, but many others. It's a problem that has been bugging me since I started (September). Perhaps I'll try and find another easier one and see if people can explain that to me...