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The use of polar solvents and the presence of weak bonds involving hydrogen introduces an interesting and complex situation for describing matter whereby protons can be removed or added to molecules or allowed to "flow freely" in the solvent (e.g. water). The study of these phenomena requires the introduction of the acid concept, and also, the equilibration concept. Rarely are the two not intertwined.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number 1246120