Problem: Label each of the following as being a strong base, a weak base, or a species with negligible basicity. In each case write the formula of its conjugate acid, and indicate whether the conjugate acid is a strong acid, a weak acid, or a species with negligible acidity.Label HCO3- as being a strong base, a weak base, or a species with negligible basicity.

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We are asked to determine if hydrogen carbonate (HCO3- is a strong base, a weak base, or species with negligible basicity

Furthermore, we are also asked to write the formula of its conjugate acid and indicate whether the conjugate acid is a strong acid, a weak acid, or a species with negligible acidity.

Recall that the conjugate acid of a base is simply the compound formed when a base gains a hydronium ion (H+). It's considered as an acid because it can lose H+ to reform the base.


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Label each of the following as being a strong base, a weak base, or a species with negligible basicity. In each case write the formula of its conjugate acid, and indicate whether the conjugate acid is a strong acid, a weak acid, or a species with negligible acidity.

Label HCO3- as being a strong base, a weak base, or a species with negligible basicity.

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