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Acid/Base Question

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Mar29-05, 06:06 PM
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Why is H3O+ the strongest acid and OH- the strongest base that can exist in significant amounts in aqueous solutions?
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Mar30-05, 01:33 AM
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Because usually in aqueous solutions you have excess of water. If you add some stronger acid it donates its proton(s) to the water particles. Similar reasoning holds for strong bases - they will steal protons from water leaving OH- in the solution.


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