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Homework Help: Arrhenius Acid Definition

  1. Dec 1, 2006 #1
    An Arrhenius acid
    a) in an ionic compound that contains hydrogen atoms
    b) produces an aqueous solution whose pH is greater than 7
    c) releases hydrogen ions in aqueous solution
    d) is always a neutral molecule


    I know that c) is true and d) is false. However, I don't know if a) and b) are within the definition of Arrhenius acid. My guess is that only c) is true. Can anyone point me in the right direction?
     
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  3. Dec 1, 2006 #2
    According to the Arrhenius definition, an acid is any substance, which when dissolved in water, tends to increase the amount of H+

    so my guess would be that C is always true, the others aren't necessarily true.
     
  4. Dec 2, 2006 #3
    Yes, C is correct by defintion.

    a is false because there are some ionic compounds that contain hydrogen atoms and are not acids- ie. NH4NO3, NaHCO3

    b is false because >7 pH is a base

    d wouldn't be an acid or a base
     
  5. Dec 2, 2006 #4
    Thank you. I was trying to think of things to disprove the other answers to validate my answer :)
     
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