Why do acids do not show acidic behaviour in the absence of water?

Asked by  | 15th Jun, 2008, 11:04: AM

Expert Answer:

By acidic behaviour of an acid we mean that it dissociates to give Hydrogen ions.Now ions need some medium for mobilization and that medium is provided by water.In water the following equilibrium occurs between a weak acid (HA) and water, which acts as a base:

HA(aq) + H2O H3O+(aq) + A-(aq)

Answered by  | 20th Jun, 2008, 08:28: PM

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