Are protons donors? Do they increase the concentration of H^+(aq) in solution?

Dec 13, 2016

Acids are formally $\text{proton donors}$.

Explanation:

And thus in water, the action of a hydrogen halide, the typical acid, may be defined as:

$H X + {H}_{2} O r i g h t \le f t h a r p \infty n s {H}_{3} {O}^{+} + {X}^{-}$

The equilibrium might lie to the right or to the left, but it does operate, and we conceive that ${H}_{3} {O}^{+}$, the characteristic cation, is the $\text{acidium species}$ in water. Most of the time, we are concerned with water solvent. It is not the only solvent available.