# What is the formula for electrolytes?

Aug 9, 2017

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 ($\text{NaCl}$, $\text{KI}$, ${\text{CaCl}}_{2}$, etc.)

• most acids ($\text{HCl}$, ${\text{H"_2"SO}}_{4}$, ${\text{HClO}}_{3}$, etc.)

• most bases ($\text{NaOH}$, $\text{KOH}$, $\text{RbOH}$, etc.)