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Homework Help: Is this a Brønsted–Lowry acid–base reaction?

  1. Aug 12, 2015 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    A solution of sulfuric acid is added to a solution of potassium hydroxide. Write a balanced equation for this and identify whether or not this is a Brønsted–Lowry acid–base reaction.

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    3. The attempt at a solution
    I understand how to write the equation just fine, and I've identified the type of reaction as being an acid + base = salt + water. However, I am unsure of if this is the same as a Brønsted–Lowry acid–base reaction. I am thinking they are different, but I don't really have any justification for this, so any help is greatly appreciated.
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  3. Aug 12, 2015 #2


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    A good starting place would be to review the definition of Bronsted-Lowry acids and bases and see if sulfuric acid and potassium hydroxide fit those definitions.
  4. Aug 16, 2015 #3
    Also, see the main point where Bronsted Lowry becomes unique.....That is, what makes it different from Arrhenius, or Lewis acid base pairs.
    Good luck!
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