Water with Acids and Bases

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Water with Acids and Bases

Postby Tiffany_Cacy_3D » Sun Dec 02, 2018 1:55 pm

So i know several elements can act as both an acid and a base such as water but how do you tell when a water should act as an acid or a base. When do you know when it should give up or accept electrons? Also does water affect the likelihood of certain compounds being stronger or weaker acids or bases?

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Re: Water with Acids and Bases

Postby WilliamNguyen_4L » Sun Dec 02, 2018 3:13 pm

Water is an acid when it reacts with a base and it is a base when it reacts with an acid. I don't think water affects whether the acid or base it reacts with completely dissociates or not.

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Re: Water with Acids and Bases

Postby Sophie Roberts 1E » Mon Dec 03, 2018 7:01 pm

You will know if water acts as an base or an acid based off of what compound it is reacting with. If it is reacting with a base, it will act as an acid and donate protons; however, if it is reacting with an acid, it will act as a base and accept protons. And I believe the strength of an acid/base doesn't depend on what compounds they are reacting with, it is an individualistic characteristic.

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Re: Water with Acids and Bases

Postby JiangJC Dis2K » Mon Dec 03, 2018 9:06 pm

Water is amphoteric so it can act as either an acid or base, therefore it depends on the other compound involved in the reaction with water to determine water's behavior.

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