The H3O+ ion is called the what?
I thought it was Hydronium, but according to my professor, it's incorrect.
Was I supposed to label it Hydronium 'ion,' or am I fully incorrect?
- busterwasmycatLv 73 months ago
I think he is being pedantic. Ask him if there is a "Hydronium" that is not an ion? If hydronium, of itself, must be an ion, then the use of the word "ion" with the word hydronium is actually redundant. Only a pedant, a nitpicker, would call the one incorrect and require the redundant form. Look at how frequently the term "hydroxide" is used without saying "ion" as a valid comparison. He knows exactly what you mean and there is no possible confusion or ambiguity, so it is not wrong.
But that is my opinion, and I have gotten into trouble with other scientists for this same sort of disagreement. It turns out (surprise, surprise) that scientists generally don't like being called pedants, especially when they are.
- ZirpLv 73 months ago
In chemistry, hydronium (hydroxonium in traditional British English) is the common name for the aqueous cation H 3 O +, the type of oxonium ion produced by protonation of waterSource(s): wikipedia
- 3 months ago
Pure water contains larger amounts of hydronium, [H3O+], ions than hydroxide, [OH-], ions. Pure water contains equal amounts of hydroxide, [OH-], and hydronium, [H3O+], ions. Pure water contains equal amounts of hydroxide, [OH-], and hydronium, [H3O+], ions.