Why can't hydrogen ions exist by themselves?

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Wesley_Rugen_1E
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Why can't hydrogen ions exist by themselves?

Postby Wesley_Rugen_1E » Tue Nov 22, 2016 7:11 pm

Why can't hydrogen ions exist by themselves?

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Re: Why can't hydrogen ions exist by themselves?

Postby Garrett_Reynolds_1D » Tue Nov 22, 2016 7:48 pm

Hydrogen atoms can actually exist by themselves, however they are very unstable especially in the presence of water molecules as they are attracted to the oxygen atoms to form H3O+.


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