• A neutralization reaction is a reaction in which an acid and a base react in an aqueous solution to produce a salt and water.
  • A salt is an ionic compound composed of a cation from a base and an anion from an acid.
  • When equal amounts of a strong acid such as hydrochloric acid are mixed with a strong base such as sodium hydroxide, the result is a neutral solution.
  • The products of the reaction do not have the characteristics of either an acid or a base.
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