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H2SO4

Posted: Sun Dec 01, 2019 6:00 pm
by Helen Struble 2F
Since H2SO4 is a strong acid with two hydrogens, do both hydrogens ionize in water? If so, does this mean the concentration of H+ ions would be double the concentration of H2SO4? If only one hydrogen ionizes, why?

Re: H2SO4

Posted: Sun Dec 01, 2019 6:03 pm
by Samuel Tzeng 1B
Yes the concentration of H+ would be double that of H2SO4

Re: H2SO4

Posted: Sun Dec 01, 2019 6:06 pm
by Haley Fredricks 1B
I believe both occur depending on the situation. When H2SO4 dissociates in water, it can form a mixture of HSO4- and SO42- molecules. This happens because after the first hydrogen is taken off, the reaction is slightly different for the second.