I have the correct answer. NACL + H2O NA(OH)2 + H2+Cl2
Note: it is not a correct equation. Apart from the fact you ignored the capitalization formula of sodium hydroxide is different from what you wrote. Plus, it is not balanced.
Sorry, I should have previewed that better. I think it is balanced now and the typo has been fixed. If the Sodium Chloride is in molten form and electrolysis is performed, then would you end up with sodium and chloride ions? Or would there be no reaction?
Here are 3 equations all involving aqueous solutions (taken from the text 5th ed. Introductory Chemistry by Zumdahl)
In the first one
"Solid potassium reacts with liquid water to form gaseous hydrogen and potassium hydroxide that dissolves in the water"
So I think I understand here that the water in the aqueous solution is included on the right not as H2
O But in the designation (aq). H2
O is listed as a reactant so it is listed on the left.
(g) + 2KOH (aq)
solid zinc is added to an aqueous solution of hydrogen chloride (which is called hydrochloric acid). The products are gaseous hydrogen and aqueous zinc chloride.
So since there is an aqueous solution on both sides the water is included in the designation (aq) and isn't part of the reaction
Zn(s) + 2HCl(aq)
(g) + ZnCl2
Hydrofluoric acid reacts with silicone in glass to form gaseous silicone tetrafluoride and liquid water
Water is listed as a product so it is included on the right. It is part of the (aq) designation
(s) + 4HF (aq)
(g) + 2H2
In the one I posted originally, water isn't mentioned as a reactant, but is included on the reactant side. It is mentioned as something that evaporates after the reaction. So sometimes when something is listed as aq you do put a separate water molecule in the equation and sometimes you don't. Maybe at this point we should just take our best guess because we don't have enough knowledge to do anything else?
One thing I think I am noticing as I teach through this book with two of my daughters, is that chemistry isn't quite so sequential as math is and that in order to teach concept A when concept B is involved but you can kind of get by(and need to) without explaining concept B. If you tried to teach Concept B first you would run into the same issue. You can't thoroughly explain every part that might be involved in one chapter.
We have not leaned about red-ox or any of the other aqueous reactions. We are in the chapter about balancing chemical equations and the previous chapter was nomenclature.
Thanks for the help