Chemistry: The Central Science (13th Edition)

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Chapter 4 - Reactions in Aqueous Solution - Exercises: 4.34c

Answer

True, because only the first proton is a strong acid.

Work Step by Step

From table 4.2, the first proton of H2SO4 is a strong acid, but the second one is not. This means that the reaction: H2SO4 --> H+ + (HSO4)- goes nearly to completion, but that the reaction: (HSO4)- --> H+ + (SO4)2- does not. This means there will be more (HSO4)- present than (SO4)2-.
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