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Classify if HC^2H^3O^2 is a strong or weak acid, or strong or weak base, or salt?

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HC2H3O2 is commonly known as Acetic acid. As the name suggests, this compound is an acid. Generally an acid, is a proton donor, has a pH below 7, neutralizes base and turns blue litmus paper to red. This also means that in a solution (in water) HC2H3O2 produces Hydronium ions (H3O+ ions).

The chemical equation for the dissociation of Perchloric acid (HC2H3O2) in the solution can be written as:

HC2H3O2 (aq) + H2O <--->  H3O+  + CH3CO2-

 **hydronium ions can be represented as H3O+ or simply H+. 

Acetic acid is classified as a weak acid

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