Consider the following reaction:
HCO3-(aq) + H2O(l) ⇌ H2CO3(aq) + OH -(aq)
Which of the following statements is TRUE?
a) HCO3- is not an acid and thus the equation is incorrect.
b) The reaction of HCO3- with H2O produces H3O+ rather than OH -
c) HCO3- is the base and H2O is the acid.
d) HCO3- is the acid and OH - is its conjugate base.
e) H2O is the base and H2CO3 is its conjugate acid
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