Fri April 04, 2014 By: Sumit Goyal

Explain all briefly with examples: 1. Combination Reaction, 2. Decomposition Reaction, 3. Displacement Reaction, 4. Double Displacement Reaction 5. Redox Reaction

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Mon April 07, 2014
1. Combination Reaction :

A chemical reaction in which two or more substances combine to form a single product is called a combination reaction or synthesis.


When iron and sulphur are heated together, they combine to form a single product, iron sulphide.


                             2Fe(s)     +     S(s)    →              FeS (s)

                             Iron         Sulphur                Iron sulphide

 2. Decomposition Reaction :

A chemical reaction in which a single compound splits into two or more simple substances is called a decomposition reaction.


When mercuric oxide is heated in a crucible, the orange-red powder begins to darken and a silver mirror begins to deposit on the cooler parts of the crucible. This is mercury. If we hold a glowing splint near the crucible, it can relight. This shows that the gas evolved during the reaction is oxygen.

2HgO(s)                    2Hg(s)     +    O2

Mercuric oxide                                Mercury     Oxygen

3.Displacement Reaction:

Reactions in which the more reactive element displaces the less reactive element from its compound are called displacement reactions.


Zinc displaces copper in copper sulphate to form zinc sulphate.

               Zn(s)   +     CuSO4(aq)          →                   ZnSO4(aq)     +       Cu(s)

               Zinc   Copper sulphate                           Zinc sulphate      

4.Double Displacement Reaction: 

A type of chemical change in which two compounds in a solution react to form two new compounds by the mutual exchange of radicals. Usually, a solid is formed as a result of the reaction.

                  NaOH(aq)   +    HCl(aq)        →                  NaCl(aq)   +    H2O(l)

                 Sodium      Hydrochloric                        Sodium         Water

               hydroxide           acid                            chloride         

5. Redox Reaction:

The oxidation and reduction reactions occur together. When oxidation of one substance occurs, reduction of the other substance also takes place. Such reactions are called redox reactions. In the name ‘redox’, the term ’red’stands for reduction and ’ox’ stands for oxidation.

Consider the redox reaction between hydrogen sulphide and chlorine.

In the reaction between hydrogen sulphide and chlorine, the products formed are hydrogen chloride and sulphur.


                      H2S       +      Cl2         →               2HCl        +        S

                Hydrogen   Chlorine                   Hydrogen     Sulphur

                 sulphide                                    chloride   
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