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Offline FouRRaW

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Water Acting As Acid And Base
« on: June 01, 2006, 10:10:50 PM »
How can water function both as an acid and a base?  When does it perform each of these fuctions?

Is this a good enough answer..
water can either receive or give a proton to another molecule.  When it performs these functions i don 't know.

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Re: Water Acting As Acid And Base
« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2006, 02:56:50 AM »
H2O + H2O = H3O+ + OH-
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Re: Water Acting As Acid And Base
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2006, 06:12:01 AM »
water can either receive or give a proton to another molecule.  When it performs these functions i don 't know.

HCl + H2O -> H3O+ + Cl-

acid1 + base2 -> acid2 + base1

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NH3 + H2O -> NH4+ + OH-

base1 + acid2 -> acid1 + base2

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Re: Water Acting As Acid And Base
« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2006, 09:21:11 AM »
Oh that's what it's asking, okay, thanks!

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