# When sulfuric acid and potassium hydroxide neutralize each other to make water and potassium sulfate, how is water formed?

Apr 30, 2014

Sulfuric Acid and Potassium Hydroxide neutralize each other in the following reaction:

${H}_{2} S {O}_{4} + 2 K O H \to {K}_{2} S {O}_{4} + 2 {H}_{2} O$

In a neutralization reaction between an acid and a base the typical outcome is a salt formed by the positive ion from the base and the negative ion from the acid. In this case the positive potassium ion (${K}^{+}$) and the polyatomic sulfate ($S {O}_{4}^{-} 2$) bond to form the salt ${K}_{2} S {O}_{4}$.

The positive hydrogen (${H}^{+}$) from the acid and the negative hydroxide ion ($O {H}^{-}$) from the base form the water $H O H$ or ${H}_{2} O$.