What is Salt in Chemistry?
Salt is an ionic compound that contains a cation (base) and an anion (acid).
Salt is the result of the combination of acid and base. In short, salt is the product formed in a neutralization reaction.
- Acid:- An acid is defined as a substance whose water solution tastes sour, turns blue litmus red, and neutralizes bases.
- Base:- A substance is called base if its aqueous solution tastes bitter, turns red litmus blue, or neutralizes acids.
- Salt:- Salt is a neutral substance whose aqueous solution does not affect litmus.
Examples of Salts in Chemistry
Simple salts – sodium chloride (NaCl)
Acidic salts – sodium carbonate (NaHCO3) and ammonium chloride (NH4Cl)
Basic salts – sodium acetate, potassium cyanide (KCN), and zinc chloride hydroxide (Zn(OH)Cl)