A salt is a compound formed when the hydrogen ion of an acid is partially or totally replaced by a metal or ammonium ion. There are 2 types of salt:

Acidic salts: these salts are formed when the hydrogen ions of an acid is only partially replaced by a metal ion or the ammonium ion. Examples of acid salts are sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO3), sodium hydrosulfide (NaHS), sodium bisulfate (NaHSO4), monosodium phosphate (NaH2PO4) and disodium phosphate(Na2HPO4).

Example: Sodium bisulfate (NaHSO4)

Sodium bisulphate is formed by the partial neutralization of sulphuric acid by sodium hydroxide.

NaOH(aq) + H2SO4 (aq) → NaHSO4 + H2

Normal salts: these are salts formed when the hydrogen ions of an acid are completely replaced by a metal ion or ammonium ion.


2NaOH+ H2SO4  →   Na2SO4 + 2H20, where all hydrogen ions are replaced

Salts may be either soluble or insoluble.

Insoluble salts may be prepared in the following ways:

-direct combination


Soluble salts can be prepared by the following reactions:

-acid and an alkali

-an acid and excess  carbonate hydrogen carbonate

-an acid and an excess metal oxide

-an acid and an excess active metal


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