Consider this reaction: acid base + salt water. What type of reaction is this?
This is a
And this represents the reaction that acids and bases undergo in water......
An acid is a species that increases concentrations of the characteristic cation of water, i.e.
And a base is species that increases concentrations of the characteristic anion of water, i.e.
In water we know that the concentrations of hydronium and hydroxide ions are governed by the equilibrium:
And so we can write concrete examples of the given equilibrium....