Reaction of Sodium with Chlorine

Sodium reacts with chlorine react  to produce sodium chloride that is familiarly called table salt.

2Na(s)  +  Cl2(g)  ——>  2NaCl(s)

The reaction may look very simple. But, it  is extremely exothermic, producing a bright yellow light and a great amount of heat energy.

References:

Bassam Z. Shakhashiri, Chemical Demonstrations: A Handbook for Teachers of Chemistry, Volume 1.  Madison: The University of Wisconsin Press, 1983, p. 61-63.

Lee R. Summerlin, Christie L. Borgford, and Julie B. Ealy, Chemical Demonstrations:  A Sourcebook for Teachers, Volume 2, 2nd ed.  Washington, D.C.:  American Chemical Society, 1988, p. 56-57.

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