What are the ions present in NaCl?

The ions present in NaCl is one ion of Na and one ion of Cl.

Sodium chloride

Sodium chloride (NaCl), commonly known as salt, is one of the most abundant minerals on Earth and an essential nutrient for many animals and plants. It is an ionic compound with the chemical formula NaCl, representing a 1:1 ratio of sodium and chloride ions. With molar masses of 22.99 and 35.45 g/mol, 100 g of NaCl contains 39.34 g Na and 60.66 g Cl.

  • Sodium chloride is formed when sodium atoms interact with chlorine atoms.
  • Sodium will donate an electron (which is a negatively charged particle) to chlorine.
  • This makes sodium slightly positive and chlorine slightly negative.
  •  Sodium becomes Na+, and Chlorine becomes Cl-

Uses of sodium chloride

  • It is widely used in food industries as a food preservative and as a flavour enhancer.
  • This salt is used in glass production.
  • The basic compound used by our body to digest and transport nutrients is sodium chloride.

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