Comparing the Concepts
These three conceptual definitions can be compared with one another by looking at how each one views what happens when an acid dissociates in water. Let's use hydrochloric acid (HCl) as an example. (These equations are also shown in example 18 in your workbook.)
We will deal primarily with acids and bases from the Brønsted and Lowry point of view. At times we will also use the Arrhenius definition of acids and bases. Actually, what we will do is use whichever definition is most appropriate to the particular aspect of acids and bases that we are trying to study at the time.
E-mail instructor: Eden Francis
Clackamas Community College