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Homework Help: Acid dissociation in water

  1. Mar 1, 2010 #1
    Acid dissociates in water to form H3O+ and OH- but the formal charge on the oxygen atom in H3O+ is +1. Shouldn't the oxygen atom have a negative formal charge since it is more electronegative than hydrogen atom?
     
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  3. Mar 1, 2010 #2

    Borek

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    Acids don't dissociate into H3O+ and OH-, formal charge of oxygen in H3O+ is not +1 - so I have no idea what you are asking about.

    -2 + 3*(+1) = +1
     
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  4. Mar 1, 2010 #3
    I meant to ask the acid dissociation in water into H+ and A-. So I wanted to ask why this is so. Why cant the acid accept the proton. Is this just because of the definition of acid?
     
  5. Mar 2, 2010 #4

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