Autoprotolysis of Water

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Autoprotolysis of Water

Postby Nicole Gamboa 2M » Sun Nov 20, 2016 11:28 pm

Hi all,
I had a question about the autoprotolysis of water and the transferring of a proton in the reaction. I didn't really understand what the purpose of that specific proton donation is and why that reaction occurs?

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Re: Autoprotolysis of Water

Postby Chem_Mod » Mon Nov 21, 2016 1:25 pm

Autoprotolyis is an important phenomenon that helps to explain the pH scale and also gives a relationship between [H+] and [OH-] which is used in many equilibrium calculations. The reaction happens simply because it is at equilibrium so the forward and reverse reactions are occurring simultaneously and at the same rate

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