a chart for acidic and basic radicals valancesweb links if possible

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pacorz eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I'm a little unclear on what you are looking for, but I'm going to take a guess that it might be whats at this link. When they are undissolved, most acids and bases form electrically balanced (neutral) compounds. But when they are mixed with water, acids and bases dissociate. Acids release H+ (hydronium) ions, and bases release OH- (hydroxide) ions.

Two things dictate how strong an acid or base is. One is the dissocation constant (Ka), which tells how completely the acid or base will dissolve in water - the more it dissolves, the stronger it will be. The second factor depends on the molecular formula and how many H+ or OH_ ions it can release per molecule dissolved. For example, an acid with 2 hydrogens per molecule like H2SO4 can release twice as many H+ ions as one like HCl, which has only one hydrogen per molecule.

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