Problem: Write out the stepwise Ka reactions for citric acid (H3C6H5O7), a triprotic acid.

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The three stepwise dissociations of citric acid will appear as:

H3C6H5O7 (aq) + H2O (l) ⇌ H3O+ (aq) + H2C6H5O7- (aq)

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Write out the stepwise Ka reactions for citric acid (H3C6H5O7), a triprotic acid.

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