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When silver nitrate reacts with hydrochloric acid what type of reaction takes place?

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June 20, 2012 6:56PM

When silver nitrate (AgNO3(aq)) reacts with hydrochloric acid (HCl(aq)), a chemical reaction takes place:

AgNO3(aq) + HCl(aq) ---> AgCl(s) + HNO3(aq)

This is specifically called a double replacement reaction. Silver nitrate and hydrochloric acid react to create silver chloride and nitric acid.
A precipitation reaction (double displacement reaction):

AgNO3 + HCl = AgCl + HNO3