Decomposition


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Chemical decomposition is the separation (or decomposition) of a chemical compound into simpler compounds and elements.

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This picture shows the decomposition Mercury (II) Oxide. By heating the substance, it decomposes into Mercury (II) and Oxygen.

2HgO -> 2Hg + O2