There are three aspects that make acid/base chemistry important reactions to emphasize:
- They are common reactions since hydrogen atoms are ubiquitous in compounds;
- The bonds that hydrogen make to other atoms are is often label with weaker bond dissociation energies and can be transferred;
- 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.