It is an anion.
Step 2: Solve. They "sit around and watch the reaction take place" just like a spectator at a basketball game watches the players in the game but doesn't play the game himself.
Once again, to show that it's dissolved we write aqueous and if you put those two together, you are going to get some solid silver Now why is it called that? So the nitrate is also a spectator ion.
The spectators are not really playing the game, but they are certainly a part of the process. You can recognize spectator ions by looking for ions that are present on both sides of the equation.
The silver ion, once it's disassociated, is going to be positive and the nitrate is a negative. Break all soluble strong electrolytes compounds with aq beside them into their ions indicate the correct formula and charge of each ion indicate the correct number of each ion write aq after each ion Bring down all compounds with slor g unchanged.
Remember, water is a polar molecule. This right over here is known as a complete ionic equation. If you are given a word equation to balance, you'll need to be able to identify strong electrolytes, weak electrolytes, and insoluble compounds.
Now, the chloride anions, similarly, are going to dissolve in water 'cause they're going to be attracted to the partially positive hydrogen ends of the water molecules and the same thing is gonna be true of the silver nitrate. For a precipitation reaction, the net ionic equation always shows the two ions that come together to form the precipitate.