Problem: The CH3- ion is the conjugate base of CH4, and CH4 shows no evidence of being an acid in water.Write a balanced equation for the reaction of CH3- and water.

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We are asked to write a balanced equation for the reaction of CH3- and water.

Methane is a very weak acid with Ka = 1 x 10-49 (this value can be found in textbooks or the internet). 

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The CH3- ion is the conjugate base of CH4, and CH4 shows no evidence of being an acid in water.

Write a balanced equation for the reaction of CH3- and water.

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