Potassium chlorate solid decomposes to form solid potassium chloride and oxygen gas.

Writing The Word Equation For The Decomposition of Potassium Chlorate

To write the word equation based on the statement ”Potassium chlorate solid decomposes to form potassium chloride solid and oxygen gas.” is a two step process: 1) Identify the chemicals involved; potassium chlorate, potassium chloride and oxygen; 2) Determine which are reactants and products. The “to form” separates the reactant potassium chlorate and products potassium chloride and oxygen . The “to form” implies the arrow(➝) between the rectants and products in the word equation. The “reacts with” implies a plus(+) sign. The word equation is "potassium chlorate➝potassium chloride+oxygen”.

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