Q. Why do HCl, HNO, etc., show acidic characters in aqueous solutions while solutions of compounds like alcohol and glucose do not show acidic character?

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G Gautam harsolia

Acids form hydrogen ions [H^+ (aq) ions] in its aqueous solution which are responsible for their acidic characters. HCl \ and \ HNO_3  form hydrogen ions in aqueous solution hence, they show acidic characters in aqueous solution.

The reaction of HCL is as follows:
HCl_{(aq)}\rightarrow H^++Cl^-
H^++H_2O\rightarrow H_3O^+

While solutions of compounds like alcohol and glucose do not form hydrogen ions in the solution, hence, they do not show acidic character.

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