Formic acid, HCOOH, is a weak electrolyte. What solute particles are present in an aqueous solution of this compound?

asked by @elinam19 • almost 2 years ago • Chemistry • 5 pts
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Hey Elina.

Since Formic acid is a weak acid that's why it's a weak electrolyte. So that means it will only partially ionize or break up into ions. Your solution will be a mix of those ions as well as the whole molecule still being intact. In an equation it would look like:

HCOOH <---> HCOO- + H+

Notice how I use double arrows. That's because weak electrolytes establish an equilibrium, so not all of the reactant breaks down to give those products.

Hope this helps!

answered by @jules • almost 2 years ago