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Acid/Base Question

  1. Mar 29, 2005 #1
    Why is H3O+ the strongest acid and OH- the strongest base that can exist in significant amounts in aqueous solutions?
    Last edited: Mar 29, 2005
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  3. Mar 30, 2005 #2


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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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