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Dissolving equation(simple)

  1. Feb 22, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    write the dissolution equation for NH3(ammonia)

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I think that the NH3 steals a proton(H+) from a water molecule therefore creating a hydroxide ion and a ammonium ion is this correct? here is what i have done.

    NH3(s)----H20---->NH4+(aq) + OH-(aq)

    I may have solved this on my own but I like to be certain and I wont get a chance to ask my instructor before I must hand my assignment in. Thanks!
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  3. Feb 23, 2009 #2


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    That's a little bit tricky. In general, ammonia just dissolves, and it doesn't react with water.

    Reaction you wrote does occur, but the equilibrium is far to the left.
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