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How does it happen? When an acid and a base are placed together, they react to neutralize the acid and base properties, producing a salt. The H(+) cation of the acid combines with the OH(-) anion of the base to form water. The compound formed by the cation of the base and the anion of the acid is called a salt.

What is a Acid-Based Reaction? An acid-base reaction is a chemical reaction that occurs between an acid and a base.

Acids are generally pure substances which contain hydrogen ions (H+) or cause them to be produced in solutions. In water, these break apart into ions: HCl H+(aq) + Cl(aq) H2SO4 H+(aq) + HSO4(aq)

When baking soda or soduim bicarbonate (the base) is mixed with vinegar (the acid) the result is carbon dioxide is produced.


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