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Steven S. Zumdahl
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Steven S. Zumdahl
ISBN: 9781133611097
Textbook Problem

Trisodium phosphate (TSP) is an effective grease remover. Like many cleaners, TSP acts as a base in water. Write a balanced equation to account for this basic behavior.

Interpretation Introduction

Interpretation: The balanced chemical equation to show the basic behavior of trisodium phosphate is to be stated.

Concept introduction: Trisodium phosphate is used as a greases remover. It shows basic behavior when combines with water.

To determine: The balanced chemical equation to show the basic behavior of trisodium phosphate.

Explanation

Explanation

The reaction between trisodium phosphate (Na3PO4) and water (H2O) leads to the formation of a strong sodium hydroxide (NaOH) base and a weak phosphoric acid (H3PO4) . As a result, the obtained product is basic in nature. The reaction is,

Na3PO4+3H2O3NaOH+H3PO43Na++PO43+3H

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