## Acidic and Basic Solutions

Ethan_Kato_1D
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### Acidic and Basic Solutions

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?

Myra Kurani 1L
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### Re: Acidic and Basic Solutions

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

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 $OH^{-}$ to neutralize the $H^{+}$ to $H_{2}O$.