If Mg(OH)2 is reacted with H20, what are the products of this reaction?
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- 09-04-2011 13:13
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Adding Magnesium Hydroxide to water would give you a cloudy suspension floating in the water. Hydroxides are usually insoluble in water (with the exception of Sodium, Potassium, Calcium and Barium)
So, short answer - as said by the previous poster, no reaction
If you switched the water for acid eg. HCl you would get:
Mg(OH)2 + 2HCl ------> MgCl2 + 2H2O
Theoretically you could consider water to have acidic properties as it is amphoteric (due to effectively being made up of OH- and H+)
but water is generally considered to act more like a base and is a lewis base but not a lewis acid.
Also, given the insolubility of Magnesium Hydroxide this would be impossible and require the addition of an acid (as above).
The addition of acid would cause the reaction as above (assuming HCl was the acid used) and produce a water soluble product.