How would you identify the acid, base, conjugate acid, and the conjugate base in the following equation: HClO4+H2O --> H3O+ClO4?

1 Answer
Nov 7, 2015

The acid is the proton donor; the base is the proton acceptor.


#HClO_4 + H_2O rightleftharpoons H_3O^+ + ClO_4^-#

Given the above definition, which is the acid, and which is its conjugate base. Perchloric acid is an exceptionally strong acid; so the above equilibrium would lie strongly to the right.