Single-replacement reaction - Page 24

Reaction in which one element replaces a similar element in a compound - Updated 2023


A + BC → AC + B

Element A is a metal in this general reaction and replaces element B, a metal in the compound as well. If the replacement element is a non-metal, it must replace another non-metal in a compound, and it becomes the general equation.

Many metals easily react with acids, and one of the reaction products when they do so is hydrogen gas. Zinc reacts to the aqueous zinc chloride and hydrogen with hydrochloride acid (see figure below).


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