What Is The Difference Between A Complete Ionic Equation And A Net Ionic Equation?


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Complete ionic shows all of the ions even if they weren't changed in the reaction. Net only shows the ions that changed (precipitate, usually).

Eg. NaCl(aq) + Ag2+(aq)

complete:  2Na+(aq) + 2Cl-(aq) + Ag2+(aq) --> 2Na+(aq) + AgCl2(s)
net:   2Cl-(aq) + Ag2+(aq) --> AgCl2(s)

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