Problem: Label each of the following substances as an acid, base, salt, or none of the above.

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An acid a substance whose molecules yield hydrogen ions (H+) when dissolved in water, 

  • e.g.: HC l(aq) → H+(aq)+Cl+aq) 


A base is a substance that produces hydroxide ions (OH-) when dissolved in water, 

  • e.g.: NaOH(aq)→ Na+(aq) + OH+(aq) 


A salt is a substance whose cation comes from a base and whose anion comes from an acid, 

  • the cation of CaBr2 (Ca2+) comes from the base (Ca(OH)2), 
  • the anion (Br-) comes from the acid (HBr). 
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Label each of the following substances as an acid, base, salt, or none of the above.


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