# In neutralization reactions, what do acids and bases come together to form?

May 9, 2017

So-called $\text{salts.................}$........and of course $\text{water}$.

#### Explanation:

In aqueous solution, we can representation the neutralization reaction as:

$H X \left(a q\right) + M \left(O H\right) \left(a q\right) \rightarrow M X \left(a q\right) + {H}_{2} O$.

And in water we conceive of the hydronium ion, ${H}_{3} {O}^{+}$, as the acidium species, and the hydroxide ion, $H {O}^{-}$, as the base.

And this goes back to the old designation of such reactions in aqueous solution:

$\text{Acid + Base "rarr" Salt and water}$.......................