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Conjugate Acids and Bases

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Michael Swift

Conjugate Acids and Bases (draft)

Just like all other chemical reactions, acid-base reactions have a forward direction and a reverse direction.

The extent to which a reversible acid-base reaction proceeds in either direction will depend on its equilibrium constant. Irreversible reactions will not proceed in the reverse direction, but this reaction pathway still technically exists.

In every acid-base reaction, the acid will react to produce its 'conjugate base' - a substance that can accept a proton to re-form the original acid. In the same way, the base will react to produce its 'conjugate acid' - a substance that can donate a proton to re-form the original base.

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