Thermodynamics/Acids

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Question
Dear Sir,

I'm a student of tenth grade and we're being taught about acids,bases and salts. I'd like to know what makes an acid show its acidic properties.

Very sincerely yours,
AB

Answer
Hi AB,

In simple terms an acid has the ability to give up a hydrogen ion (H+) in water.
This will  react wiith most metals to give Hydrogen gas (H2).
Or react with the OH- (Hydroxyl ion) of an alkali to give water H2O and a salt.

There are other more advanced definitions of an acid but for your level the above is sufficient.

I hope this helps.
Best wishes.
Kevin.  

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Thermodynamics, chemistry, chemical reactions, kinetics, chemical reaction safety, dust explosion technology, static electricity. General science.

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Over 40 years experience as a practicing thermochemist in industry. Head of the fire and explosion laboratory of a major European chemical company (Ciba-Geigy). Now retired.

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Institute of Chemical Engineers. Royal Society of Chemistry.

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Chartered Chemist, Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (C.Chem MRSC). Msc Sheffield.

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