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Acids and Bases and Their Reactions

  1. Jan 13, 2013 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Oxalic acid, H2C2O4, which is found in certain pants, can provide two hydronium ions in water. Write balanced equations to show how oxalic acid can supply one and then a second H3O+ ion.

    2. Relevant equations

    There's not really an equation, and if there is please don't make me feel stupid.

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I don't really even know how to start.
     
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2013
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  3. Jan 14, 2013 #2

    symbolipoint

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    You must try something. Oxalic acid reacts with water, how? Water is an acid or a base, depending on what is present with it. Oxalic acid will behave as an acid. How does the H3O+1, hydronium ion form?
     
  4. Jan 14, 2013 #3

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    Do you know how to write dissociation equation for any acid?
     
  5. Jan 15, 2013 #4
    I think I figured it out:

    H2C2O4 + H2O -> H3O+ + HC2O4-

    HC2O4- + H2O -> H3O+ + C2O4-2
     
  6. Jan 15, 2013 #5

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    Good.
     
  7. Jan 16, 2013 #6

    SteamKing

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    In which pants do you find oxalic acid?
     
  8. Jan 16, 2013 #7

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    Are you sure you asked what you wanted to ask?
     
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