What bonds occur in #"ammonium hydroxide"#?

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Aug 8, 2017

Answer:

Not a good question............they look for #N-H#, and #O-H# bonds, and the ionic interaction between ammonium and hydroxide ion.....

Explanation:

#"Ammonium hydroxide"# is a bit of chimaera......I like to represent it as #H_3N*H_2O#, i.e. as aqueous ammonia. In aqueous solution ammonia undergoes reaction as a weak base.......

#NH_3(aq) + H_2O rightleftharpoonsNH_4^(+)+HO^-#

But the equilibrium lies to the left as written........

Concentrated ammonia is approx. #15*mol*L^-1# with respect to #NH_3(aq)#. Sometimes this is sold as #"ammonium hydroxide"#.