Acidic and Basic Solutions

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Acidic and Basic Solutions

Postby Ethan_Kato_1D » Thu Feb 09, 2017 8:12 pm

Why is it that when you add hydroxide to the reactant side of the half reaction, it is considered basic? Don't bases produce hydronium ions in solution?

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Re: Acidic and Basic Solutions

Postby Myra Kurani 1L » Thu Feb 09, 2017 10:20 pm

I also have a question relating to the difference between acidic and basic solutions. When you are doing a basic redox reaction, can you use hydronium ions to balance the equation and then a the end substitute them for hydroxide ions? So basically, can you do basic redox reactions the same as acidic and just change them hydronium ions to hydroxide ions?

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Re: Acidic and Basic Solutions

Postby Chem_Mod » Thu Feb 09, 2017 10:23 pm

Acids produce hydronium ions in solution. Bases are substances that produce hydroxide ions in solution. Another definition is the Bronsted-Lowry theory of acids and bases, where an acid is a proton (hydrogen ion) donor while a base is a proton (hydrogen ion) acceptor. In a basic solution, you add to neutralize the to .

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