Strong Bases

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Michael Iter 2F
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Strong Bases

Postby Michael Iter 2F » Wed Dec 09, 2020 2:35 pm

I think I remember Dr. Lavelle mentioning that metal oxides like Na2O and CaO are strong bases, but when I looked up a list of strong bases only the hydroxides popped up. Can anybody clarify if I just misheard or something? Also, I still can't quite grasp how oxides and hydroxides are bases at all, so an explanation of that would be appreciated as well.

Marisa Gaitan 2D
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Re: Strong Bases

Postby Marisa Gaitan 2D » Wed Dec 09, 2020 3:07 pm

When Na2O reacts with water, it forms NaOH. Same with CaO, when in an aqueous solution, it forms Ca(OH)2. These are bases because they can accept protons.

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