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Why is it wrong to say an acid donates hydrogen ions Watch

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    Hydrogen ions and protons are basically the same thing. So why can't you say an acid donates a hydrogen ion, rather than saying it donates a proton?

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    There are two hydrogen ions, H+ and H-, prolly best to state which one.

    Maybe?
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    (Original post by Pigster)
    There are two hydrogen ions, H+ and H-, prolly best to state which one.

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    Oh I see, didn't think of that. Thank you!
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    Yeah pigster is right. Normally when we discuss mechanisms we say 'x attacks H+' as opposed to 'x attacks hydrogen ions'
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    It is right, but not specific.
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    (Original post by Infraspecies)
    It is right, but not specific.
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    (Original post by Alexis1729)
    Hydrogen ions and protons are basically the same thing. So why can't you say an acid donates a hydrogen ion, rather than saying it donates a proton?

    Thanks in advance.
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    I dislike the use of the phrase hydrogen ion as it is ambiguous for the above reasons. It's always better to talk about proton donation.
 
 
 
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