Problem: Which of these is the correct equation for the dissociation of water?A. H2O ⇌ H+ + OH- B. H2O + H2O+ ⇌ H2O + OH- C. H2O + OH- ⇌ H2O+ D. H2O + H2O ⇌ H3O+ + OH- E. H+ ⇌ H2O + H2O+

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We're being asked to determine the correct equation for the dissociation of water.

Water (H2O) is an amphoteric species which means it can act as an acid or as a base.

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Which of these is the correct equation for the dissociation of water?

A. H2O ⇌ H+ + OH- 

B. H2O + H2O+ ⇌ H2O + OH- 

C. H2O + OH- ⇌ H2O+ 

D. H2O + H2O ⇌ H3O+ + OH- 

E. H+ ⇌ H2O + H2O+

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