Autoprotolysis

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Tim Foster 2A
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Autoprotolysis

Postby Tim Foster 2A » Thu Dec 07, 2017 9:26 am

What is this, and why does it lead to hydronium/hydroxide ions moving through water much faster than other kinds of ions?

Hyein Cha 2I
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Re: Autoprotolysis

Postby Hyein Cha 2I » Thu Dec 07, 2017 10:09 am

Autoprotolysis is simply when a proton (H+ ion) is transferred between two identical molecules. One of them will be bronsted acid (giving H+) and one of them will be bronsted base (gaining H+). So for water, an H+ ion is being transferred from one water molecule, thus forming a hydronium ion (H3O+) and a hydroxide ion (OH-).


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