Chemistry Question #286

KIm, a 15 year old female from Waldorf asks on November 19, 2001,

What furnishs H30+ in water solution?

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The answer

Barry Shell answered on November 19, 2001

H3O+ is called a hydronium ion. Ordinary water naturally dissociates into a certain amount of H3O+ and OH- ions even when it is just sitting there. At any given time there are millions of hydronium ions in ordinary water, just by the law of chance. A major way of forming H3O+ ions is by the addition of acid to water. In that case protons (H+ ions) from the acid will cause more water molecules to dissociate, forming more H3O+ ions than when there is no acid in the water.

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