# What product is created in a zinc - nitrate reaction? [closed]

Question:

Place 2 mL of Nitric acid in a test tube and add a small piece of Zinc turning

I thought that the overall net ionic equation would be:

$$\ce{Zn + 2H+ -> Zn^2+ + H2}$$

Is this correct? Is the zinc oxidized and the hydrogen reduced? Or have I got this completely wrong?

• You have to consider oxidative properties of nitric acid, being reduced to NO2, NO, or even NH4+. – Poutnik May 13 at 6:41

You are correct. The net ionic reaction between zinc metal and nitric acid can be written: $$\ce{Zn + 2 H+(aq) -> Zn^2+(aq) + H2(g)}$$ The oxidation state of zinc changes as it is oxidized from 0 to +2. Similarly, hydrogen's state changes as it reduces from +1 to 0.