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What is the conjugate acid of HCO3-?


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A conjugate acid-base pair is an acid-base pair that differs only by one proton.

Conjugate acid

  • When a proton is added to a base, a conjugate acid is formed.
  • Conjugate acids have one extra proton compared to the species that is forming it.

Conjugate acid of HCO3-

  • HCO3- is a bicarbonate ion.
  • The conjugate acid of HCO3- is H2CO3.

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