Six Types of Chemical Reactions

By: Justus Garrett

Synthesis Reaction

A synthesis reaction is when two or more simple compounds combine to form a more complicated one.

Decomposition Reaction

A decomposition reaction is the opposite of a synthesis reaction - a complex molecule breaks down to make simpler ones.

Combustion Reaction

A combustion reaction is when oxygen combines with another compound to form water and carbon dioxide.

Single Displacement Reaction

This is when one element trades places with another element in a compound.

Double Displacement Reaction

This is when the anions and cations of two different molecules switch places, forming two entirely different compounds.

Oxidation-Reduction Reaction

A chemical reaction between two substances in which one substance is oxidized and the other reduced.