What are H+ ions?
There are 2 common representations of autoprotolysis in water:
I write representations because these are precisely what they are: a conception of water at the molecular level, which are chemically reasonable and certainly useful but might or might not represent reality.
We know that at
If you have ever played rugby, think of a maul where the forwards bind together and pass the pill from hand to hand. This may not be realistic, in that within a cluster of water molecules (unlike within a pack of forwards), proton transfer can tunnel across water clusters; it is the movement of charge rather than protons. This explains the ionic mobility of
At undergraduate level, it is probably useful to think of the acidium ion as an actual entity. You must be able to use
Apologies if I have written info I have written elsewhere. I could not find the link.