Describe the differences between a molecular equation, a complete ionic equation, and net ionic equation. Give an example of each to illustrate the differences.
A molecular equation considers each reactant and product to be a neutral compound, regardless of what its exact physical state is. An example is the neutralization of NaOH with HCl to form salt water:
NaOH(aq) + HCl(aq) ---> NaCl(aq) + H2O(l)