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AgNO3 gives a white precipitate with NaCl but not with CCl4. Why?

AgNO3 gives a white precipitate with NaCl but not with CCl4. Why?

Grade:upto college level

3 Answers

Hrishant Goswami
343 Points
7 years ago

NaCl is ionic and so its solution has Cl(-) ions. CCl4 is covalent - so its solution does not have any Cl(-) ions.

 

Without Cl(-) ions, Ag(+) will not give a white ppt of AgCl

Prajwal kr
49 Points
7 years ago

Nacl reacts with AgNO3 to form AgCl(a white precipitate) This happens because there are free Cl- anions as NaCl is ionic. But CCl4 is covalent and doesn''t ionise so doesn''t give any precipitate.

Kushagra Madhukar
askIITians Faculty 629 Points
9 months ago
Dear student,
 
This behaviour is observed due to the different type of bonding in both the compounds.
CCl4 is covalent and does not have free Cl- ions to form AgCl.
On the other hand, NaCl is ionic and has free Cl- to react and form AgCl.
 
Hope it helps.
Thanks and regards,
Kushagra

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