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  1. #1 Help! Confusion acid-base equilibrium in water 
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    Hello,
    I have been reading about the acid-base equilibrium in water. I dont understand what my book explains however. The theory may be information lacking(in my opinion). Because Ive read it so many times I just decided to rewrite everything exactly from my book! I also "rewrote" 2 examples after the theory. I am also confused about what they try to accomplish in the examples. I figure they try to set up the reaction of the acid-base equilibrium in water. In the second example they marked H3O+ & OH- in red, I dont know what that means though. Then next to "simplified" they let H3O+ react with NH3. How do I know whether H3O+ reacts with NH3 or with OH-? And why is it H3O+ that reacts with NH3 and not for example Cl- that reacts with H20 or NH4+?


    Im really confused with this material in my book & cant get out of it no matter what. Can anyone please help me?



    Thanks in advance!



    Theory:





    Example 1:





    Example 2:






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    I have solved the problem!


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