Chemical Reactions

Acids and Bases

Why does it get so hot when you pour a strong acid in water?

When a strong acid is poured into water, many proton transfer reactions take place very rapidly, and these are exothermic reactions. The fact that these reactions are exothermic means that they release energy (in the form of heat), increasing the temperature of the solution before the heat has time to dissipate to the surrounding environment.


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