What Is the Equation for the Dissociation & Reformation of Water?

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Water is an interesting molecule in that it can act both as an acid and a base. Find out about the equation for the dissociation and reformation of water with help from an experienced biology professional in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Dan Weisenberger, and today I'd like to talk about what is the equation for the dissociation and reformation of water. Now water is an interesting molecule in that it can act both as an acid and a base. And so if we look at two water molecules here we see that one water molecule can essentially pluck a hydrogen from another water molecule thus generating a hydroxide ion and a hydronium ion. And however because this is not a strong reaction, the reverse could happen. In which the hydrogen of the hydronium can be donated back to that hydroxide ion. So what we have is if we summarize this, water can go to H plus and hydroxide harnessed in solution and that is the equation for the dissociation and reformation of water. I'm Dan Weisenberger.

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