What is the conjugated base in the following acid/base reaction: #CH_3COOH + H_2O rightleftharpoons H_3O^+ + CH_3COO^-#?

1 Answer
Dec 9, 2016

A conjugate base is the particles that remained when a proton (H+) is removed from an acid.


This is based on the Bronsted-Lowry Acid theory where an acid donates a proton and a base accepts the proton.

Here, the conjugate base is #CH3COO^-# as it loses a hydrogen atom - loses a proton.