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H+ or H3O+

Posted: Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:14 pm
by Ethan-Van To Dis2L
So, my TA said to use the hydronium ion (H3O+) when balancing the hydrogen atoms, but the book says to use just a plain hydrogen ion. Does it matter which one we use?

Re: H+ or H3O+

Posted: Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:32 pm
by David Minasyan 1C
I'm pretty sure you're supposed to use H+ (at least thats what my TA said) but I guess as long as you balance both H and O atoms then you should be fine.

Re: H+ or H3O+  [ENDORSED]

Posted: Fri Feb 23, 2018 1:11 pm
by Joyce Lee 1C
As Lavelle pointed out it lecture today, you can use either.
Here's the post he showed in class:

Re: H+ or H3O+

Posted: Wed Feb 28, 2018 12:51 am
by Yixin Angela Wang 2H
I think the H+ is the part that matters if its taking place in an acidic solution, but H30 is the technical substance that is being formed.