Question #b47a7

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Nov 26, 2016


Yes, since it fulfils the Bronstead-Lowry acid theory.


Bronstead-Lowry theory states that an acid is a proton (#"H"^+# ion) donor and a base is a proton acceptor.

If we look at the reaction of acetic acid with sodium hydroxide, it becomes clear that it is an acid.

#"CH"_3"COOH" + "NaOH" rarr "CH"_3"COONa" + "H"_2"O"#

As you can see, acetic acid has donated a proton to sodium hydroxide which accepted it. Thus, we can conclude that acetic acid is an acid and that sodium hydroxide is a base.