What is the formula for electrolytes?

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Aug 9, 2017

Answer:

Most soluble ionic compounds, acids, and bases are electrolytes.

Explanation:

An electrolyte is a substance that, when dissolved in a solvent (such as water), dissociates into ions that can carry a current throughout the solution.

So essentially, any compound (that has relatively well solubility) that is comprised of a cation and anion can be an electrolyte.

Examples include

  • most ionic compounds (#"NaCl"#, #"KI"#, #"CaCl"_2#, etc.)

  • most acids (#"HCl"#, #"H"_2"SO"_4#, #"HClO"_3#, etc.)

  • most bases (#"NaOH"#, #"KOH"#, #"RbOH"#, etc.)