Types of Chemical Reactions

Sean Wimpee

Synthesis

the production of chemical compounds by reaction from simpler materials.

A + B = AB

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Decomposition

the state or process of rotting, decay.

2H2O2 - 2H2O + O2

Example: rotten fruit

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Single Replacement

is a type of oxidation-reduction chemical reaction when an element or ion moves out of one compound and into another - that is, one element is replaced by another in a compound.

A + BC --- B + AC

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Double Replacement

is a type of reaction that occurs when the cations and anions switch between two reactants to form new products.

AB + CD - AD + CB

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Combustion

rapid chemical combination of a substance with oxygen, involving the production of heat and light.

CH4 + 2O2 - CO2 + 2H2O

Example: fire

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