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    Wouldn't it form 2Na+ ions and carbonate 2- ions?

    I've read that apparently it forms NaOH and I think Hydrogen carbonate?
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    Wouldn't it form 2Na+ ions and carbonate 2- ions?

    I've read that apparently it forms NaOH and I think Hydrogen carbonate?
    I've moved this to the chemistry chat forum for yo
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    (Original post by mil88)
    Wouldn't it form 2Na+ ions and carbonate 2- ions?

    I've read that apparently it forms NaOH and I think Hydrogen carbonate?
    Initially it dissociates releasing sodium ions and carbonate ions (as you state)

    But the carbonate ion is a strong base and gets hydrolysed by water in an equilibrium:

    CO32- + H2O <==> HCO3- + OH-

    This means that some hydroxide ions are also produced.
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    (Original post by charco)
    Initially it dissociates releasing sodium ions and carbonate ions (as you state)

    But the carbonate ion is a strong base and gets hydrolysed by water in an equilibrium:

    CO32- + H2O <==> HCO3- + OH-

    This means that some hydroxide ions are also produced.
    If it's a strong base, then surely it doesn't form an equilibrium?
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    (Original post by mil88)
    If it's a strong base, then surely it doesn't form an equilibrium?
    Ions themselves can be described as conjugate bases and be either strong or weak. If they are "strong" it simply means that they can abstract protons from weaker bases (such as water, in this case).
 
 
 
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