Physical properties of acids and bases

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ian_haliburton_1f
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Physical properties of acids and bases

Postby ian_haliburton_1f » Fri Nov 30, 2018 4:11 pm

What is it, on a molecular level, that gives acids and bases their distinctive qualities. For example, what does the concentration of hydronium ions have to do with the sourness of acidic substances and what do hydroxide ions have to do with the soapy feel of bases?

Chris Freking 2G
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Re: Physical properties of acids and bases

Postby Chris Freking 2G » Fri Nov 30, 2018 5:59 pm

Hydronium ions trigger taste buds that send a signal of "sourness" to the brain.

Hydroxide ions break down fatty acids and oils on the skin which reduces friction on your skin, which is why they feel soapy.


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