Baking Soda (sodium bicarbonate)

What happens when baking soda and vinegar are combined?

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2017-01-03 07:21:08

When Baking soda and vinegar are combined, it makes a fizzing

reaction when the Acetic acid in the vinegar reacts with Sodium

Bicarbonate (the chemical name for baking soda).

The result is some water, Sodium Acetate and Carbon Dioxide gas

(the bubbles).

What actually happens is this: the acetic acid (that's what

makes vinegar sour) reacts with sodium bicarbonate (a compound

that's in baking soda) to form carbonic acid. It's really a double

replacement reaction. Carbonic acid is unstable, and it immediately

falls apart into carbon dioxide and water (it's a decomposition

reaction). The bubbles you see from the reaction come from the

carbon dioxide escaping the solution that is left. Carbon dioxide

is heavier than air, so, it flows almost like water when it

overflows the container. It is a gas that you exhale (though in

small amounts), because it is a product of the reactions that keep

your body going.

What's left is a dilute solution of sodium acetate in water.

Chemical reactions:

Acetic Acid: CH3COOH -> CH3COO- + H+

Sodium Bicarbonate: NaHCO3 -> Na+ + HCO3 -

H++ HCO3- -> H2CO3 Carbonic Acid

H2CO3 -> H2O + CO2

It will "explode" in a way that most kids with those materials

to hand could tell you about.

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