Hydronium and Hydroxide

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Fayt Sarreal 1G
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Hydronium and Hydroxide

Postby Fayt Sarreal 1G » Wed Nov 30, 2016 2:06 pm

Why do we use H2O and H3O+ when writing out equations?

Jessica Chern 1H
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Re: Hydronium and Hydroxide

Postby Jessica Chern 1H » Wed Nov 30, 2016 3:59 pm

I think we usually consider the solvent to be water, so it shows the transfer of the proton from the acid to water to produce the hydronium ion. Not sure if that answered your question.

Laine Gruver 3C
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Re: Hydronium and Hydroxide

Postby Laine Gruver 3C » Wed Nov 30, 2016 6:01 pm

We have to include all the essential parts of the reaction, and the reaction would not occur without water accepting a proton to become a hydronium ion.

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