Solid, Liquid, Gas & Aqueous
- State symbols are written after each formula in chemical equations to show which physical state each substance is in.
- Brackets are used and they are not usually subscript although you may come across them written in this way.
- Aqueous means the substance is dissolved in water.
- Symbol equations should be included when writing chemical equations.
- An example of a reaction with state symbols is the reaction of copper carbonate with hydrochloric acid:
CuCO3 (s) + 2HCl (aq) ⟶ CuCl2 (aq) + CO2 (g) + H2O (l)
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