if water is made up of covalent bonds then why does it ionise into h+ and o- when electricity is passed through it

Asked by pr_prashant | 22nd Jan, 2011, 09:23: PM

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This is because water is a polar covalent compound. This molecule slightly dissociates disproportionately into the hydronium ion (H3O+(aq)) and an associated hydroxide ion (OH(aq)).
 
 
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Answered by  | 23rd Jan, 2011, 11:41: AM

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