# Why are strong acids and bases strong electrolytes?

Dec 30, 2015

Strong acids and strong bases dissociate completely into their corresponding ions and therefore, they conduct electricity.

#### Explanation:

An electrolyte is a substance that conduct electrical currents.

For example, Ionic liquids conduct electricity because they are made out of ions that will serve a shuttles that will allow electrons to move across the liquid.

Ionic compounds do not conduct electricity at the solid state, however, they do when they are molten .

An ionic compound in solution dissociates into its ions that will present a phenomenon similar to that explained for ionic liquids.

Strong acids and strong bases dissociate completely into their corresponding ions and therefore, they conduct electricity.

The general reactions are:

Strong acids:
$H A \left(a q\right) + {H}_{2} O \left(l\right) \to {H}_{3} {O}^{+} \left(a q\right) + {A}^{-} \left(a q\right)$

Strong bases:
$B \left(a q\right) + {H}_{2} O \left(l\right) \to B {H}^{+} \left(a q\right) + O {H}^{-} \left(a q\right)$