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Acids and Bases

There are three aspects that make acid/base chemistry important reactions to emphasize:

  1. They are common reactions since hydrogen atoms are ubiquitous in compounds;
  2. The bonds that hydrogen make to other atoms are is often label with weaker bond dissociation energies and can be transferred;
  3. The differences in (Gibbs) energy of the products and reactions are comparable to make many acid-base reaction incomplete (reversible).

Consequently, the same infrastructure (thermodynamics and kinetics) that apply to other reactions (e.g., redox or combustion) apply.