Recognizing Bases in Chemical Equations

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Bryce Ramirez 1J
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Recognizing Bases in Chemical Equations

Postby Bryce Ramirez 1J » Sun Dec 01, 2019 10:58 pm

Is a common trend for bases to have an OH or O in the formula? I know for acids that it says that they will give up a hydrogen and that bases will accept something, but do they normally have oxygen or hydroxide in them?

Justin Seok 2A
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Re: Recognizing Bases in Chemical Equations

Postby Justin Seok 2A » Sun Dec 01, 2019 11:07 pm

A lot of the strong bases are alkaline earth metal or alkali metal hydroxides, examples including KOH, NaOH, CsOH, (Ca(OH)2)), and so on. This may be why it seems like most bases have OH or O in them, but it is not necessarily a requirement. It does seem to be a trend among strong bases, however.

Myka G 1l
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Re: Recognizing Bases in Chemical Equations

Postby Myka G 1l » Sun Dec 01, 2019 11:10 pm

Acids will donate a hydrogen ion and bases will accept a hydrogen ion. It is common but not necessary for bases to have Hydroxide or Oxygen as a part of their chemical formula.


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