This can also be translated to one compound and another element. There are two elements in the compound. The outside element is more reactive than the element in the compound.
Hey Dad, I was wondering, how is salt made... And why is it important for us?
The reaction occurs and the more reactive element is bound to replace the less reactive element in the compound.
That's a great question. Salt is actually made when two elements combine to make one compound.
The reaction has occurred and one element has been replaced by another. An example could be when silver reacts with hydrogen sulfide. Silver, being a metal, is more reactive and replaces hydrogen: Ag+H2S→Ag2S+H2
Sodium and chlorine are the two elements which form sodium chloride. These are important for muscle function and other bodily functions.
A lot of things that we assume to be very natural actually have interesting scientific explanations behind them.
The two elements are called the reactants. These reactants combine to form a product.
2Na + Cl2 → 2NaCl. This is the chemical equation for the process. Sodium is a highly reactive metal and chlorine is a poisonous gas. Combined, they become very important.