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Re: How do you know if a precipitate has formed during a chemical/phys rxn?

Date: Fri Nov 5 10:46:00 1999
Posted By: Steven Korenstein, Grad student, Environmental/Occupational Health, Cal. State Un. Northridge
Area of science: Chemistry
ID: 941340395.Ch

Dear Student,

A precipitate by definition is a solid that forms out of solution due to a 
chemcial reaction.  The solid is typically more dense then the solution 
and therefore settles-out (sinks to the bottom of the reaction container.  

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