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Anonymous asked in Education & ReferenceHomework Help · 9 months ago

How do you tell what kind of reaction something is without the product?

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  • 9 months ago

    Technically speaking you can't because the same reactants could react in different ways (making a different kind of reaction) depending on the conditions.

    But if you look below you can see the general info that each of the 4 types of reactions listed has a different configuration of reactants so you can at least get a good idea without knowing the products.

    The Four Major Types of Reactions

    Name General Reaction Pattern

    Combination or synthesis A + B ----> AB

    Decomposition AB ----> A + B

    Substitution or Single Replacement A + BC ----> B + AC

    Metathesis or Double Displacement AB + CD ----> AD + CB

    More info here: http://www2.ucdsb.on.ca/tiss/stretton/CHEM1/stoich...

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  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    The product is the Final Answer.

    The reaction is formula used.

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