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6d.11f

Posted: Sat Dec 07, 2019 11:30 pm
by Doris Cho 1D
Decide whether an aqueous solution of each of the follow- ing salts has a pH equal to, greater than, or less than 7.
e) AlCl3?
can someone explain why this is acidic and the chemical equation.

Re: 6d.11f

Posted: Sun Dec 08, 2019 9:56 am
by Chem_Mod
In class we discussed small metal cations not in group 1 and 2 (mainly transition metal cations) will act as acids in water. First they form coordinate covalent compounds with water molecules; these water molecules will then lose a proton to free floating water molecules, thus generating hydronium ions, making solution acidic. Water attached to Al3+ that lost proton becomes OH-, so Al3+ Becomes Al2+