Testing for negative ions and spectroscopy


Testing for carbonates - check for CO2.

You can test to see if a gas is carbon dioxide by bubbling it through limewater. If it is carbon dioxide, the limewater turns milky.
You can use this to test for carbonate ions (CO32-), since carbonates react with dilute acids to form carbon dioxide.

acid + carbonate --> salt + water + carbon dioxide

To test for sulfates and chlorides - 

Sulfate ions, SO42-.
To test for sulfate ions, add dilute HCl, followed by barium chloride solution, BaCl2. 
A white precipitate of…


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