Does carbonic acid #H_2CO_3# exist?

1 Answer
Jul 1, 2017

Answer:

#H_2CO_3(aq) + NaOH(aq) rarr Na^(+)""^(-)HCO_3 +H_2O(l)#

Explanation:

Carbonic acid is a bit of a #"pushmepullyou"#.....Most likely it exists in solution as #H_2O*CO_2#, i.e. hydrated carbon dioxide, which has the identical formula. But certainly we can deal with it in terms of #H_2CO_3#; and its carbonate and its bicarbonate salts, e.g. #Na_2CO_3#, and #NaHCO_3#, are legion.

Does this satisfy? I confess I do not know what you are asking.