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How is an acid formed?

An acid is formed when the number of H+ ions in water is thrown out of balance. We’re going to think of H+ ions as Hippos.

This happens when you dissolve certain compounds such as hydrogen chloride or hydrogen sulphide in water – the ionic bond breaks apart. You don’t need to remember what any part of the acidic compound’s formula is other than the H, as they all do the same thing.

a hippo playing on a seesaw with a bucket of water

Too many H+ ions (hippo) makes water unbalanced.

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