Monday, July 26, 2010

Four Types of Chemical Reactions

Different Chemical Reactions

Here are four of the main types of reactions that can occur.  
These pictures help to show what happens clearly.
(Further information on these types of reactions can be found here.)

A Synthesis Reaction
 Where two or more substances combine to form a more complex substance.

A Decomposition Reaction
A more complex substance breaks down into more simple parts.

Single Replacement Reaction
A single unattached element replaces another in a compound.

Double Replacement Reaction
 Parts of two compounds switch places to form two new compounds.

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