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Modified Arrhenius theory question?
using the modified Arrhenius theory, write a chemical reaction equation to explain the acidity of glycolic acid.

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    Arrhenius' theory. An acid is a substance that produces H^+ in solution.
    HCl(aq) ==> H^+ + Cl^-
    or if you want to use H3O^+, then the reaction
    HCl + H2O ==> H3O^+ + Cl^-
    Since HCl produces H^+ in solution (or more accurately H3O^+ in solution), HCl is an acid.
    I saw this same question on Yahoo. I wonder if you posted it.

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