Boric acid, B(OH)3, acts as an acid in water, but does not do so via ionization of a proton from boric acid. Use a balanced chemical equati

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Boric acid, B(OH)3, acts as an acid in water, but does not do so via ionization of a proton from boric acid. Use a balanced chemical equation to show why boric acid may be described as an acid in water.

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    Answer:

    B(OH)₃ + H₂O = B(OH)₄⁻ + H⁺

    Explanation:

    Let’s consider Arrhenius acid-base theory:

    • An acid is a substance that in aqueous media releases H⁺.
    • A base is a substance that in aqueous media releases OH⁻.

    Boric acid, B(OH)₃ reacts with water according to the following equation.

    B(OH)₃ + H₂O = B(OH)₄⁻ + H⁺

    As we can see, boric acid releases H⁺ in aqueous media. Thus, it is an acid.

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